<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Over (D.E.) - On a Temporal Slippery Slope Paradox (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22048.htm">On a Temporal Slippery Slope Paradox</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/O/Author_Over (D.E.).htm">Over (D.E.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Analysis, Vol. 46, No. 1 (Jan., 1986), pp. 15-18</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22048.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PapersToNotes_22048.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Introduction</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>There has been increasing interest in a range of problems which Kit Fine has felicitiously called (in unpublished work) <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>1</SUP> slippery slope paradoxes. A good, succinct example of this type has recently been described by Nathan Salmon in his paper, 'Impossible Worlds' (<U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P22048_2">Analysis 44.3, June 1984, pp. 114-17</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P22048_2"></A>). </li><li>My purpose here is to point out that this example, like some of the others, is paralleled by what might be called a temporal slippery slope paradox, as can be seen by considering the following principle (which parallels Salmon's principle (2')): <ul type="disc">(T) If a given artefact x is assembled from a set of components y, then x could be completely disassembled and later re-assembled from another set of components z which sufficiently overlaps y; but x could not later be re-assembled from any set of components z' which does not sufficiently overlap y. </ul></li><li>This principle is as intuitively appealing as many of those under lying <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>3</SUP> slippery slope paradoxes, and to see in detail how we might implicitly appeal to it, suppose that we take our watch x to a watch-maker who completely disassembles it. & </li><li>[ & ]</li><li>Notice that the above case is not identical with that of the famous <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_44.htm">ship of Theseus</A><SUP>4</SUP>, which is continuously modified over a long period without being completely dismantled& . </li></ol></FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P22048_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P22048_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: <FONT COLOR = "800080">See also <ul type="disc"><li>Salmon's book, Reference and Essence (Blackwell and Princeton U.P., 1982), Appendix I, pp. 219-59, and </li><li>Graeme Forbes, 'Two Solutions to Chisholm's Para dox', Philosophical Studies 46, 1984, pp. 171-87. </FONT> </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-03T00:12" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:12:27</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>