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Background and Assumptions

Yuri Balashov

in Persistence and Spacetime

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579921
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722899 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579921.003.0001
Background and Assumptions

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This chapter introduces the framework for the subsequent discussion. Of special note are various assumptions adopted throughout the book. Some of them are more controversial than others and continue to be actively debated. Topics include: the relation between the debate about persistence and the philosophy of time (specifically, presentism versus eternalism, tensed versus tenseless theories); space, time, and spacetime; atomism and composition; scope of study; and some matters of methodology. Although I attempt to make my reasons for adopting particular assumptions explicit and, where possible, note the implications of abandoning them, considerations of space prevent me from providing extended arguments in their defense. Some of these topics are revisited in later chapters.

Keywords: presentism; eternalism; spacetime; composition; substantivalism; relationism; tensed theory of time; tenseless theory of time; Minkowski

Chapter.  3954 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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