A Renewed Challenge to Anti-Criterialism
Duncan (Matt)
Source: Erkenntnis, 2018, pp. 1-18
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  1. Some things that exist today will exist tomorrow. They may change, sure, but they’ll keep right on existing. The question is: How? In virtue of what will they persist through time? Are there criteria of their identities through time?
  2. Anti-criterialists say no, there aren’t any criteria of identity1 through time. They grant that things persist, but then insist that there are no informative metaphysically necessary and sufficient conditions for their persistence.
  3. One prominent challenge to anti-criterialism comes in two steps.
    1. The first step is to show that anti-criterialists are committed specifically to the claim that there are no informative metaphysically sufficient conditions for identity through time.
    2. The second step is to show that this commitment yields absurd results.
  4. Each step of this challenge is open to objection. Indeed, each step has been objected to. However, in what follows, I will refortify this challenge to anti-criterialism — thus providing a renewed challenge to anti-criterialism — by offering new reasons to take each step. I’ll thus block a path that may have looked open.


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