[MaFLa] invitation to a talk on`Persistence and Properties`by Sydney Shoemaker - 12 November, 5.30 PM

Krisztina Biber biberk at ceu.hu
Wed Nov 6 07:44:09 CET 2013

    The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
 (as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
 Sydney Shoemaker (Cornell University) 
 "Persistence and Properties"  
 Tuesday, 12 November, 2013, 5.30 PM Zrinyi 14, Room 412
                 The paper defends three-dimensionalism about ordinary
objects, and rejects both the four-dimensionalist view that such objects
are “space-time worms” and the “stage theory” that they are momentary
thing-stages.  It allows that there are entities of which
four-dimensionalism is true, entities having temporal parts, and that
there is a sense in which the existence of ordinary objects is grounded
in the existence of such entities.  But ordinary objects cannot
themselves be such entities.  This is because of the kinds of properties
they have.  On the one hand these are “temporally local,” in the sense
that their instantiation at a time does not constitutively depend on
what is true at other times.  But they are individuated by causal
profiles that point towards the future careers of the things that have
them, requiring that such successor states as their instantiations have
be related to them in certain ways, these being ways that constitute the
persistence of the objects over time.  Space-time worms and momentary
stages cannot have properties of this sort. 

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