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Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time

Theodore Sider


According to ‘four‐dimensionalism’, temporally extended things are composed of temporal parts. Most four‐dimensionalists identify ordinary continuants—the persisting objects ordinary language quantifies over and names—with aggregates of temporal parts (‘space‐time worms’), but an attractive alternate version of four‐dimensionalism identifies ordinary continuants with instantaneous temporal slices and accounts for temporal predication using temporal counterpart theory. Arguments for four‐dimensionalism include the following: (1) Either substantivalism or relationalism about space‐time is true, ... More

Keywords: composition, constitution, four‐dimensionalism, identity, mereology, metaphysics, ontology, perdurance, presentism, relativity, Ted Sider, temporal parts, time, vagueness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019924443X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore Sider, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Jersey
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