- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Perdurantism1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
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Write-up2 (as at 11/03/2018 20:19:41): Perdurantism
- As developed by W.V. Quine, David Lewis, Ted Sider and others, Perdurance is to be contrasted with Endurance4 and Exdurance5 – see "Sider (Ted) - Four-dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time".
- "Kurtz (Roxanne) - Introduction to Persistence: What’s the Problem?", the introduction to "Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne), Eds. - Persistence : Contemporary Readings" provides a good overview of these matters.
- The logical problems with 4-D need to be carefully considered and, for good or ill, the four-dimensional approach has the advantage – or maybe disadvantage – of undermining the reduplication objection6 to identity7 being maintained in certain fission8 thought experiments9.
- Does 4-D imply fatalism10? According to perdurantism, a thing is a 4-D object, but not only do we not know the future, but the future may not even exist.
- How does this tie in with Lewis’s realism about possible worlds? Maybe if possible worlds are real, all possible futures are real as well.
- Note that perdurantism is inimical to a high view of substance11. A temporal worm cannot change, it just is. The purpose of positing substances is as the enduring things that change12.
- Perdurance also impacts on Leibniz’s Law, where property exemplification is usually taken to be relative to a time.
- Look at the adverbial defence of endurantism. See "Haslanger (Sally) - Endurance and Temporary Intrinsics" (probably … this is the explicit response to Lewis, though there are also
→ "Haslanger (Sally) - Persistence, Change, and Explanation",
→ "Haslanger (Sally) - Persistence Through Time" and
→ "Haslanger (Sally) - Humean Supervenience and Enduring Things"; and
→ "Kurtz (Roxanne) - Introduction to Persistence: What’s the Problem?" in "Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne), Eds. - Persistence : Contemporary Readings" seems to cover much the same ground).
- If perdurantism really is incompatible with a high view of substance, then I may not need a chapter on perdurance (though I would have thought that I would need to argue for the incompatibility), and I can thereby ignore perdurantist objections to the cogency of reduplication objections.
- Note also that Eric Olson sets perdurance to one side. He assumes that we are concrete substances that “endure through time by being wholly present at different times”. He also sets to one side two other issues, namely that there are no such things as persons13 (taken to be “rational conscious beings such as you and I”) and that the classical notion of strict numerical identity14 is correct, rejecting relative identity15. See
→ "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal: Introduction", pp. 4-5 and
→ "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal: Alternatives",
both in "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology". He claims that if any of these assumptions is false, then there are no substantive metaphysical questions of our identity over time, only semantic ones.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read16, include17 the following:-
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- This is mostly a place-holder18. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (11/03/2018 20:19:41).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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