Blocking the path from vagueness to four dimensionalism

Miller, K (2005) Blocking the path from vagueness to four dimensionalism. Ratio, 18 3: 317-331. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9329.2005.00293.x

Author Miller, K
Title Blocking the path from vagueness to four dimensionalism
Journal name Ratio   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0034-0006
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9329.2005.00293.x
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 317
End page 331
Total pages 15
Editor J G Cottingham
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
440107 Metaphysics
780199 Other
Abstract There is a general form of an argument which I call the 'argument from vagueness' which attempts to show that objects persist by perduring, via the claim that vagueness is never ontological in nature and thus that composition is unrestricted. I argue that even if we grant that vagueness is always the result of semantic indeterminacy rather than ontological vagueness, and thus also grant that composition is unrestricted, it does not follow that objects persist by perduring. Unrestricted mereological composition lacks the power to ensure that there exist instantaneous objects that wholly overlap persisting objects at times, and thus lacks the power to ensure that there exists anything that could be called a temporal part. Even if we grant that such instantaneous objects exist, however, I argue that it does not follow that objects perdure. To show this I briefly outline a coherent version of three dimensionalism that grants just such an assumption. Thus considerations pertaining to the nature of vagueness need not lead us inevitably to accept perdurantism.
Keyword Philosophy
Q-Index Code C1

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