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Persisting Objects in Minkowski Spacetime

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/9780199579921.003.0005
Persisting Objects in Minkowski Spacetime

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The chapter situates the rival view of persistence in the relativistic framework of Minkowski spacetime. This immediately introduces novel features (such as ”crisscrossing slices” and ”corner slices” of objects' paths) and raises questions about the very legitimacy of relativistic endurance and exdurance. These questions are further examined in a historical review of important earlier work by Quine and Smart and in a critical discussion of recent work. Special attention is given to reconciling the existence of ”crisscrossing slices” with the demands of a suitable version of a principle, due to Gilmore, that ”multilocation requires immanent causation” (MURIC). The overall conclusion of the chapter is that none of the major views of persistence is a non‐starter in Minkowski spacetime, and none seems to be seriously handicapped. If any view enjoys a privilege, more work is needed to demonstrate it. The following chapters take up this task.

Keywords: relativistic persistence; Minkowski spacetime; crisscrossing slices; corner slices; immanent causation; Quine Smart; Gilmore; MURIC

Chapter.  15621 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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