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- DescriptionFour-Dimensionalism defends the thesis that the material world is composed of temporal as well as spatial parts. This defense includes a vel account of persistence over time, new arguments in favour of the four-dimensional ontology, and responses to the challenges four-dimensionalism faces. Theodore Sider pays particular attention to the philosophy of time, including a strong series of arguments against presentism, the thesis that only the present is real. Arguments offered in favour of four-dimensionalism include vel arguments based on time travel, the debate beween spacetime substantivalists and relationalists, and vagueness. Also included is a comprehensive discussion of the paradoxes of coinciding material objects, and a vel resolution of those paradoxes based on temporal counterpart theory. In conclusion Sider replies to prominent objections to four-dimensionalism, including discussion of the problem of the rotating homogeus disk. Four Dimensionalism is an original and highly readable study of the metaphysics of time and identity.
- PrizesWinner of American Philosophical Association Book Award 2003.
- Author(s)Theodore Sider
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication22/05/2003
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintClarendon Press
- Content Note13 figures
- Weight364 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine16 mm
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