Bede Rundle

in Time, Space, and Metaphysics

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199575114
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722349 | DOI:

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This chapter takes the question of the reality of time further, along with more general issues relating to scepticism, as, for instance, with respect to the reality of colour. The latter topic, and in particular the possibility of spectrum inversion, provides an introduction to the problem posed by rival hypotheses which cannot be decided empirically. It is argued that resolution of such problems requires an appeal to convention or decision. The four-dimensionalist's conception of time is appraised, along with arguments aimed at discrediting our everyday notion of three-dimensional spatio-temporal continuants in favour of an account in terms of temporal parts. In particular, conclusions commonly drawn from the problem of temporary intrinsics are rejected.

Keywords: reality; scepticism; convention; temporal continuants; temporary intrinsics

Chapter.  13585 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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