The Crooked Path from Vagueness to Four-Dimensionalism

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  • Introduction: How do the familiar concrete objects of common-sense –houses, trees, people, cars and the like-- persist through time? According to the position known as ‘four-dimensionalism’ or ‘the doctrine of temporal parts’, ordinary concrete objects persist through time by perduring, i.e., by having temporal parts at all those times at which they exist, in addition to their ordinary spatial parts.1 The contrasting position, known as ‘three-dimensionalism’, holds that ordinary concrete objects lack such an additional temporal dimension; rather, they persist through time by enduring, i.e., by being ‘wholly present’ (whatever exactly that comes to) at each of those times at which they exist.2,3

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    © 2003 K. Koslicki et al. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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    • Koslicki, K. (2003). The Crooked Path from Vagueness to Four-Dimensionalism. Philosophical Studies, 114(1), 107-134.
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