<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time (Miller (Kristie)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../BookSummary_6558.htm">Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../../../Authors/M/Author_Miller (Kristie).htm">Miller (Kristie)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_6558.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><u>Back Cover Blurb</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Our world is full of composite objects that persist through time: dogs, persons, chairs and rocks. But in virtue of what do a bunch of little objects get to compose some bigger object, and how does that bigger object persist through time? This book aims to answer these questions, but it does so by looking at accounts of composition and persistence through a new methodological lens. It asks the question: what does it take for two theories to be genuinely different, and how can we know whether what seems like metaphysical disagreement is really just semantic disagreement?</li><li>By offering a framework within which to explore issues of theoretical diversity, this book provides a novel way of thinking about the inter-relationship between composition and persistence. Ultimately, it argues for a new way of thinking about these issues, a way that does not preserve the standard theoretical dichotomies between four-dimensionalist theories on the one hand, and three-dimensionalist theories on the other. </li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>Springer; 2006 edition (2 Jan. 2007)</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22905.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Introduction</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity, Introduction<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR>Miller notes the following interdependencies between the book and her earlier work: <ul type="disc"><li>Chapter 1 ("<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23000.htm">Miller (Kristie) - What is Metaphysical Equivalence?</A>"): <BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23026.htm">Miller (Kristie) - What is Metaphysical Equivalence?</A>". </li><li>Chapter 3 ("<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23002.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Defining Our Terms</A>"): <BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23025.htm">Miller (Kristie) - A New Definition of Endurance</A>", and<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23012.htm">Braddon-Mitchell (David) & Miller (Kristie) - There Is No Simpliciter Simpliciter</A>"</li><li>Chapter 4 ("<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23003.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Issues of Composition</A>"): <BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23032.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Blocking the path from vagueness to four dimensionalism</A>", and<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23033.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Non-mereological Universalism</A>"</li><li>Chapter 5 ("<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23004.htm">Miller (Kristie) - The Metaphysical Equivalence of Unitary Three- and Four-dimensionalism</A>"): <BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23022.htm">Miller (Kristie) - The Metaphysical Equivalence of Three and Four Dimensionalism</A>", and<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_08/Abstract_8968.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Sparse Parts</A>".</li><li>Chapter 6 ("<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23005.htm">Miller (Kristie) - The Metaphysical Equivalence of Non-Unitary Three- and Four-dimensionalism</A>"): <BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23022.htm">Miller (Kristie) - The Metaphysical Equivalence of Three and Four Dimensionalism</A>".</li><li>Chapter 7 ("<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23006.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Travelling in Time</A>"): <BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20898.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Travelling in Time: How to Wholly Exist in Two Places at the Same Time</A>". </li><li>Chapter 8 ("<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23007.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Empirical Equivalence and Special Relativity</A>"): <BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5598.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Enduring Special Relativity</A>". </li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23000.htm">Miller (Kristie) - What is Metaphysical Equivalence?</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity, Chapter 1<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Metaphysical Equivalence<BR>1.1. Case Studies<BR>1.2. Defining Metaphysical Equivalence</li><li>Inter-translatability and Equivalence</li><li>Diagnostic Criteria<BR>3.1. Diagnosing a Practical Translation: Empirical Equivalence<BR>3.2. Diagnosing a Practical Translation: the Principle of Charity<BR>3.3. Diagnosing a Practical Translation: Explanatory Power<BR>3.4. Diagnosing a Correct Translation: Explanatory Idle Elements</li><li>Why is this Metaphysical Equivalence?</li><li>How does this account help? </li></ol></FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Contrast with "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23026.htm">Miller (Kristie) - What is Metaphysical Equivalence?</A>".</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23001.htm">Miller (Kristie) - The Puzzles of Persistence</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity, Chapter 2<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Puzzles of Persistence<BR>1.1. Change<BR>1.2. Temporary Coincidence<BR>1.3. Permanent Coincidence<BR>1.4. Fission</li><li>Two General Approaches to Persistence<BR>2.1. Three-dimensionalism<BR>2.2. Broadly Three-dimensionalist Approaches<BR>2.3. Four-dimensionalism<BR>2.4. Broadly Four-dimensionalist Approaches</li><li>Different solutions? </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23002.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Defining Our Terms</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity, Chapter 3<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Getting Started</li><li>Four-dimensionalism<BR>2.1. Ancillary Commitments and Consistency<BR>2.2. The <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_761.htm">Stage View</A><SUP>1</SUP></li><li>Three-dimensionalism<BR>3.1. Definition Difficulties<BR>3.2. Possibilist Suggestions</li><li>A New Definition of Endurance<BR>4.1. Instantiating Properties <em>Simpliciter</em><BR>4.2. Having Parts <em>Simpliciter</em> </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23003.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Issues of Composition</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity, Chapter 4<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Ancillary Commitments Considered</li><li>Vagueness and Unrestricted Composition<BR>2.1. The Argument from Vagueness</li><li>Enduring Simples, Instantaneous Objects <BR>3.1. Fusions-at-a-time and Fusions (at a time)<BR>3.2. Fusions-at-times and Temporal Parts</li><li>Unrestricted <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">Endurantism</A><SUP>1</SUP></li><li>Where to Now? </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23004.htm">Miller (Kristie) - The Metaphysical Equivalence of Unitary Three- and Four-dimensionalism</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity, Chapter 5<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Refining Unitary Three-Dimensionalism</li><li>Unitary Four-dimensionalism</li><li>Diagnosing a Practical Translation<BR>3.1. Assertibility Mappings<BR>3.2. Explanatory Equivalence<BR>3.3. The Principle of Charity </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23005.htm">Miller (Kristie) - The Metaphysical Equivalence of Non-Unitary Three- and Four-dimensionalism</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity, Chapter 6<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Non-Unitary Views<BR>1.1. Assertibility Mappings<BR>1.2. Diagnosing a Practical Translation: Explanatory Equivalence<BR>1.3. The Principle of Charity</li><li><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modal</A><SUP>1</SUP> Properties and <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_63.htm">Contingent Identity</A><SUP>2</SUP><BR>2.1. <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modal</A><SUP>3</SUP> Inductility Arguments<BR>2.2. <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_760.htm">Endurantists</A><SUP>4</SUP> and <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modal</A><SUP>5</SUP> Inductility</li><li>A Correct Translation?</li><li>A Preferable Theory of Persistence?<BR>4.1. The Transitivity of Equivalence<BR>4.2. Unitary or Non-unitary? </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23006.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Travelling in Time</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity, Chapter 7<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Problem of <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">Time Travel</A><SUP>1</SUP><BR>1.1. <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">Time Travelling</A><SUP>2</SUP> Perdurantists<BR>1.2. <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1133.htm">Time Travelling</A><SUP>3</SUP> Three-dimensionalists</li><li>Unitary Views</li><li>Non-unitary Views</li><li>Against Spatial Adverbialisation<BR>4.1. Knowing Which of Me Does What<BR>4.2. Mereological Abstinence</li><li>Fission Re-examined</li><li>Where to from here? </li></ol></FONT></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23007.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Empirical Equivalence and Special Relativity</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity, Chapter 8<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Strong View<BR>1.1. Presentism, Three-dimensionalism and Special Relativity<BR>1.2. Special Relativity and Endurance</li><li>The Moderate View<BR>2.1. Co-existence and Endurance<BR>2.2. Special Relativity, Parthood and Properties</li><li>The Weak View</li><li>Substantivalism/Relationalism; Monism/Dualism</li><li>Conclusion </li></ol></FONT></P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><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> </center> <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="2018-08-03T00:01" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:01:52</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>