Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time (Hardback)
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Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 25/10/2001
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Four-Dimensionalism defends the thesis that the material world is composed of temporal as well as spatial parts. This defense includes a novel account of persistence over time, new arguments in favour of the four-dimensional ontology, and responses to the challenges four-dimensionalism faces. Theodore Sider pays particular attention to the philosophy of time, including a strong series of arguments against presentism, the thesis that only the present is real. Arguments offered in favour of four-dimensionalism include novel arguments based on time travel, the debate beween spacetime substantivalists and relationalists, and vagueness. Also included is a comprehensive discussion of the paradoxes of coinciding material objects, and a novel resolution of those paradoxes based on temporal counterpart theory. In conclusion Sider replies to prominent objections to four-dimensionalism, including discussion of the problem of the rotating homogenous disk. Four Dimensionalism is an original and highly readable study of the metaphysics of time and identity.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199244430
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
For many years to come, this is sure to be the locus classicus with respect to which all those engaged with the literature on persistence must position themselves. * Kathrin Koslicki, Philosophical Review *
Sider's efforts have opened the gate to a fertile field in logical space. * The Philosophical Quarterly *
Four-Dimensionalism will be a valuable addition to our bookshelves. * The Philosophical Quarterly *
This is simply a superb book in metaphysics - handsomely written, cleverly argued, and exceedingly clear. * Hud Hudson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
Sider does not deny that this four-dimensionalist conception of persisting things is counterintuitive. His claim is that, all things considered, it yields a more coherent ontology than any of its competitors. His defence of this claim is impressive: bold, clear, wide-ranging and fair-minded; it is the best of its kind on offer. * Barry Dainton, Times Literary Supplement *

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