The Transcendentist Theory of Persistence

Journal of Philosophy 114 (2):57-75 (2017)
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Damiano Costa
University Of Italian Switzerland
Abstract
This paper develops an endurantist theory of persistence. The theory is built around one basic tenet, which concerns existence at a time – the relation between an object and the times at which that object is present. According to this tenet, which I call transcendentism, for an object to exist at a time is for it to participate in events that are located at that time. I argue that transcendentism is a semantically grounded and metaphysically fruitful. It is semantically grounded, insofar as a semantic analysis of our temporal talk favors it over rivals. It is metaphysically fruitful, insofar as the theory of persistence that can be built around it – the transcendentist theory of persistence, to give it a name – requires neither temporal parts nor the problematic commitments to which all extant forms of endurantism are committed, such as the possibility of extended simples or multilocation.
Keywords persistence  location  endurance  temporal parts  existence at a time  events  three-dimensionalism  multi-location  extended simples
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DOI 10.5840/jphil201711425
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