Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time by Theodore Sider

Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time

byTheodore Sider

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Four-Dimensionalism defends the thesis that the material world is composed of temporal as well as spatial parts. This defense includes a novel 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 novel arguments based on time travel, the debate beween spacetimesubstantivalists and relationalists, and vagueness. Also included is a comprehensive discussion of the paradoxes of coinciding material objects, and a novel 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 homogenous disk.Four Dimensionalism is an original and highly readable study of the metaphysics of time and identity.

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Theodore Sider is in the Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Jersey.
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Title:Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and TimeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:August 8, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Four-Dimensional Picture2. Against Presentism3. Three- and Four-Dimensionalism Stated4. In Favor of Four-Dimensionalism Part 15. In Favor of Four-Dimensionalism Part 2: The Best Unified Theory of the Paradoxes of Coincidence6. Arguments against Four-DimensionalismBibliography, Index

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`Dimensionally-challenged it may be, rigorous and analytic it certainly is, but many of the conclusions reached are startling ... His claim is that [four-dimensionalism] yields a more coherent ontology than any of its competitors. His defence of this claim is impressive: bold, clear,wide-ranging and fair-minded; it is the best of its kind on offer.'Barry Dainton, Times Literary Supplement