Three-dimensionalist's semantic solution to diachronic vagueness

Philosophical Studies 150 (1):79-96 (2010)
Abstract
A standard response to the problem of diachronic vagueness is ‘the semantic solution’, which demands an abundant ontology. Although it is known that the abundant ontology does not logically preclude endurantism, their combination is rejected because it necessitates massive coincidence between countless objects. In this paper, I establish that the semantic solution is available not only to perdurantists but also to endurantists by showing that there is no problem with such ubiquitous and principled coincidence.
Keywords Three-dimensionalism  Endurance  Composition  Vagueness  Coincidence
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