Building enduring objects out of spacetime

In Claudio Calosi & Pierluigi Graziani (eds.), Mereology and the Sciences: Parts and Wholes in the Contemporary Scientific Context. Springer. pp. 5-34 (2014)

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Cody Gilmore
University of California, Davis
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Endurantism, the view that material objects are wholly present at each moment of their careers, is under threat from supersubstantivalism, the view that material objects are identical to spacetime regions. I discuss three compromise positions. They are alike in that they all take material objects to be composed of spacetime points or regions without being identical to any such point or region. They differ in whether they permit multilocation and in whether they generate cases of mereologically coincident entities.
Keywords Endurance  Supersubstantivalism  Coincidence  Constitution  Composition  Spacetime  Persistence  Mereology
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