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Issues in Theoretical Diversity

Persistence, Composition, and Time

Authors: Miller, Kristie Lyn

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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?

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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • What is Metaphysical Equivalence?

    Pages 1-26

  • The Puzzles of Persistence

    Pages 27-50

  • Defining Our Terms

    Pages 51-86

  • Issues of Composition

    Pages 87-122

  • The Metaphysical Equivalence of Unitary Three- and Four-dimensionalism

    Pages 123-152

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Issues in Theoretical Diversity
Book Subtitle
Persistence, Composition, and Time
Authors
Series Title
Philosophical Studies Series
Series Volume
106
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5256-9
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-5256-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5255-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7324-2
Series ISSN
0921-8599
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 258
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