The metaphysical equivalence of three and four dimensionalism

Miller, Kristie (2005) The metaphysical equivalence of three and four dimensionalism. Erkenntnis, 62 1: 91-117. doi:10.1007/s10670-004-2845-8

Author Miller, Kristie
Title The metaphysical equivalence of three and four dimensionalism
Journal name Erkenntnis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-0106
Publication date 2005-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10670-004-2845-8
Volume 62
Issue 1
Start page 91
End page 117
Total pages 27
Editor H. Rott
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer-Verlag Dordrecht
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
440107 Metaphysics
780199 Other
Abstract I argue that two competing accounts of persistence, three and four dimensionalism, are in fact metaphysically equivalent. I begin by clearly defining three and four dimensionalism, and then I show that the two theories are inter-translatable and equally simple. Through consideration of a number of different cases where intuitions about persistence are contradictory, I then go on to show that both theories describe these cases in the same manner. Further consideration of some empirical issues arising from the theory of special relativity lead me to conclude that the two theories are equally explanatory, and thus finally that they are metaphysically equivalent.
Keyword Philosophy
Coinciding Objects
Temporal Parts
Q-Index Code C1

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