Philosophical Studies

, Volume 154, Issue 1, pp 27–51

Endurantist and perdurantist accounts of persistence


DOI: 10.1007/s11098-010-9526-z

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Donnelly, M. Philos Stud (2011) 154: 27. doi:10.1007/s11098-010-9526-z


In this paper, I focus on three issues intertwined in current debates between endurantists and perdurantists—(i) the dimension of persisting objects, (ii) whether persisting objects have timeless, or only time-relative, parts, and (iii) whether persisting objects have proper temporal parts. I argue that one standard endurantist position on the first issue is compatible with standard perdurantist positions on parthood and temporal parts. I further argue that different accounts of persistence depend on the claims about objects’ dimensions and not on the auxiliary claims about parthood and temporal parts.


PersistenceEndurantismPerdurantismThree-dimensionalismFour-dimensionalismTemporal partsParthood

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity at BuffaloBuffaloUSA