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Causal endurantism : a new account of identity through time

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Rosier, A.(Angela Louise) (2001) Causal endurantism : a new account of identity through time. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This thesis proposes a new account of identity through time. The position, I will call
'causal endurantism', successfully overcomes some well-known objections to two
established accounts of persistence. As is well known endurantism faces the problem of
temporary intrinsics and the problem of changes in parts, and one form of perdurantism,
based on spatiotemporal/qualitative continuity, cannot survive immaculate replacements
and rotating disc arguments. Contrary to popular opinion, causal perdurantism also
cannot avoid rotating disc arguments because it cannot fix states of motion for
homogeneous objects without invoking facts of identity, and thereby becoming circular.
The new account proposed in this thesis overcomes all of these problems and shows us
that a hybrid account of identity is tenable. As a mixed account causal endurantism is, in
some respects, like both endurantism and perdurantism, in that although the distinct
successive stages of an object are connected by patterns of causal relations, these stages
are not directly causally related but are joint effects of a common cause. That cause is
that which endures — a dispositional property, or internal tendency towards continual
change.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Time, Identity (Philosophical concept)
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Copyright 2002 the Author

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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 2002. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 03:18
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:54
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