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The Four‐Dimensional Picture

Theodore Sider

in Four-Dimensionalism

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244430
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924443X.003.0001
 The Four‐Dimensional Picture

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Four‐dimensionalism may be made vivid by pictures: an object with temporal parts persisting through time is like a road with spatial parts extending across space. The attraction of this picture emerges informally from consideration of change, statues, and lumps of clay, and the Ship of Theseus.

Keywords: change; endurance; four‐dimensionalism; lump of clay; perdurance; Ship of Theseus; statue; temporal parts; three‐dimensionalism; wholly present

Chapter.  4022 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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