Metaphysica

, 10:135

Properties that Four-Dimensional Objects Cannot Have

Authors

    • Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Haifa
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s12133-009-0045-3

Cite this article as:
Meirav, A. Int Ontology Metaphysics (2009) 10: 135. doi:10.1007/s12133-009-0045-3

Abstract

The paper argues that four-dimensionalism is incompatible with the existence of “additively cumulative” properties, including mass, volume, and electrical charge. These properties add up over disjoint objects: for example, the mass of a whole composed of two disjoint objects is a sum of the individual masses of the objects. The difficulty with such properties for four-dimensionalism stems from the way this theory makes persistence depend on the existence of disjoint objects at disjoint times. I consider various possible responses to this difficulty and conclude that they all fail.

Keywords

Four-dimensionalism Persistence Perdurance Endurance Temporal parts Mass Properties

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