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The Language and Reality of Time$
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Thomas Sattig

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279524

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199279527.001.0001

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Three‐Dimensionalist Supervenience

Three‐Dimensionalist Supervenience

(p.163) 5 Three‐Dimensionalist Supervenience
The Language and Reality of Time

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This chapter develops a three-dimensionalist account of temporal supervenience — the temporal-regions account — and argues that the latter shares the main virtues and avoids the main drawbacks of its four-dimensionalist rival. The three-dimensionalist account asserts and explains the theses that the facts of persistence logically supervene on facts about the spatiotemporal location of objects, and that the facts of temporal instantiation logically supervene on the atemporal instantiation of properties by temporally unextended spacetime regions occupied by objects. Structural similarities of the temporal-regions account and the temporal-parts account are pointed out, and the temporal-regions account is shown to avoid the problems that threaten the temporal-parts account. The remainder of the chapter deals with various consequences and apparent difficulties of three-dimensionalist supervenience.

Keywords:   coincidence, complex predicate, constitution, context, four-dimensionalism, identity, region, representation, sortal, spacetime

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