Steven D. Hales is Professor of Philosophy at Bloomsburg University. His recent books include Relativism and the Foundation of Philosophy (MIT, 2006) and Beer and Philosophy (Blackwell, 2007).
Time for Change
Article first published online: 2 MAR 2010
2007 The University of Memphis
The Southern Journal of Philosophy
Volume 45, Issue 4, pages 497–513, Winter 2007
How to Cite
Hales, S. D. and Johnson, T. A. (2007), Time for Change. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 45: 497–513. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2007.tb00062.x
- Issue published online: 2 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 2 MAR 2010
Metaphysical theories of change incorporate substantive commitments to theories of persistence. The two most prominent classes of such theories are endurantism and perdurantism. Defenders of endurancestyle accounts of change, such as Klein, Hinchliff, and Oderberg, do so through appeal to a priori intuitions about change. We argue that this methodology is understandable but mistaken—an adequate metaphysics of change must accommodate all experiences of change, not merely intuitions about a limited variety of cases. Once we examine additional experiences of change, particularly those in (special) relativistic circumstances, it becomes clear that only a perdurance account of change is adequate.