Philosophical Studies 177 (8):2245-2260 (2020)

Jeroen Smid
Lund University
Carlo Proietti
University of Amsterdam
Core principles of mereology have been questioned by appealing to time travel scenarios. This paper questions the methodology of employing time travel scenarios to argue against mereology. We show some time travel scenarios are structurally equivalent to more standard ones not involving time travel; and that the three main theories about persistence through time can each solve both the time travel scenario as well as the structurally similar classical scenario. Time travel scenarios that are not similar to more standard arguments are instead problematic because they are open to different, incompatible interpretations. We conclude that compared to the classical arguments against mereological principles, time travel scenarios do not add anything new.
Keywords mereology  time travel  persistence  meta-ontology
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-019-01308-x
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