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Four-Dimensionalism defends the thesis that the material world is composed of temporal as well as spatial parts. This defense includes a novel account of persistence over time, new arguments in favour of the four-dimensional ontology, and responses to the challenges four-dimensionalism faces. Theodore Sider pays particular attention to the philosophy of time, including a strong series of arguments against presentism, the thesis that only the present is real. Arguments offered in favour of four-dimensionalism include novel arguments based on time travel, the debate beween spacetime substantivalists and relationalists, and vagueness. Also included is a comprehensive discussion of the paradoxes of coinciding material objects, and a novel resolution of those paradoxes based on temporal counterpart theory. In conclusion Sider replies to prominent objections to four-dimensionalism, including discussion of the problem of the rotating homogenous disk. Four Dimensionalism is an original and highly readable study of the metaphysics of time and identity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199244430
ISBN-10: 019924443X
Format: Hardback
(225mm x 145mm x 22mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Theodore Sider

Ted Sider is Professor of Philosophy at New York University

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