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Persistence through Time

Sally Haslanger

in The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284221
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199284221.003.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Persistence through Time

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Things change: objects come into existence, last for a while, go out of existence, move through space, change their parts, change their qualities, change in their relations to things. All this would seem to be uncontroversial. But philosophical attention to any of these phenomena can generate perplexity and has resulted in a number of long-standing puzzles. One of the most famous puzzles about change threatens to demonstrate that nothing can persist through time, that all existence is momentary at best. Let's use the term ‘alteration’ for the sort of change that occurs when a persisting object changes its properties.

Keywords: change; existence; time and space; puzzles; persistence; alteration; endurance

Article.  19154 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Science

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