PRESENTISM, PERSISTENCE AND COMPOSITION
Article first published online: 2 NOV 2011
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Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 92, Issue 4, pages 509–523, December 2011
How to Cite
MAGALHÃES, E. (2011), PRESENTISM, PERSISTENCE AND COMPOSITION. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 92: 509–523. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2011.01409.x
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 2 NOV 2011
Pace Benovsky's ‘Presentism and Persistence,’ presentism is compatible with perdurantism, tropes and bundle-of-universals theories of persisting objects. I demonstrate how the resemblance, causation and precedence relations that tie stages together can be accommodated within an ersatzer presentist framework. The presentist account of these relations is then used to delineate a presentist-friendly account of the inter-temporal composition required for making worms out of stages. The defense of presentist trope theory shows how properties with indexes other than t may be said to exist at t. This involves an account of how times other than t exist at t, and how times may be multiply located at any given time. Benovsky's objection to bundles of universals is shown to assume that a bundle of properties must have the properties of its element properties.