Change and Selves

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byEdo Pivcevic

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It is a trite fact that changes do occur, yet is it logically contradictory to deny that they do? If Zeno and McTaggart were right, then there is no logical contradiction in such a denial, although this is incompatible with the way in which we normally think of the world. Supporters of the`block view' of the universe believe that there is a sense in which all events may be said to be contemporaneous, like episodes in a book, so that there is no `objective' past or future. The aim of this book is not to demolish belief in the existence of objective change, but to elucidate the conditions under which it makes sense to suppose that changes occur. The book pays particular attention to the existence of selves as one such condition, and concludes that the naturalisticaccount of change is defective and leaves the sceptic victorious.

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It is a trite fact that changes do occur, yet is it logically contradictory to deny that they do? If Zeno and McTaggart were right, then there is no logical contradiction in such a denial, although this is incompatible with the way in which we normally think of the world. Supporters of the`block view' of the universe believe that the...

Edo Pivcevic is at University of Bristol.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'he presents a fairly exhaustive critique of the efforts of monism, pluralism, functionalism, teleology, evolutionary theory and developmentalism to account for change ... a novel, lucid approach to an age-old philosophical problem ... new ground is undoubtedly broken here'Cogito, Sprin 1991