The donkey problem

Philosophical Studies 140 (1):83 - 101 (2008)
The Donkey Problem (as I am calling it) concerns the relationship between more and less fundamental ontologies. I will claim that the moral to draw from the Donkey Problem is that the less fundamental objects are merely conventional. This conventionalism has consequences for the 3D/4D debate. Four-dimensionalism is motivated by a desire to avoid coinciding objects, but once we accept that the non-fundamental ontology is conventional there is no longer any reason to reject coincidence. I therefore encourage 4Dists to become even more radical—embrace the Donkey Problem’s conventionalism and deflate the debate between 3Dists and 4Dists.
Keywords Conventionalism  Four-dimensionalism  Possible worlds  Fundamental ontology  Sider  Lewis
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 22,660
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Kit Fine (2001). The Question of Realism. Philosophers' Imprint 1 (1):1-30.
Eli Hirsch (2002). Quantifier Variance and Realism. Philosophical Issues 12 (1):51-73.
L. A. Paul (2002). Logical Parts. Noûs 36 (4):578–596.

View all 11 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Daniel Z. Korman (2016). Ordinary Objects. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

133 ( #30,591 of 1,938,859 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

8 ( #71,379 of 1,938,859 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.