Journal Article

Aristotelian Endurantism: A New Solution to the Problem of Temporary Intrinsics

Jeffrey E. Brower

in Mind

Volume 119, issue 476, pages 883-905
Published in print October 2010 | ISSN: 0026-4423
Published online December 2010 | e-ISSN: 1460-2113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzq072
Aristotelian Endurantism: A New Solution to the Problem of Temporary Intrinsics

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It is standardly assumed that there are three — and only three — ways to solve problem of temporary intrinsics: (a) embrace presentism, (b) relativize property possession to times, or (c) accept the doctrine of temporal parts. The first two solutions are favoured by endurantists, whereas the third is the perdurantist solution of choice. In this paper, I argue that there is a further type of solution available to endurantists, one that not only avoids the usual costs, but is structurally identical to the temporal-parts solution preferred by perdurantists. In addition to providing a general characterization of this new type of solution, I discuss certain of its anticipations in the literature on bundle theory, as well as provide a detailed development of it in terms of my own preferred metaphysics of ordinary objects — namely, a distinctive form of substratum theory tracing to Aristotle.

Journal Article.  8768 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Epistemology ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind

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