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The Disappearance of Change: Towards a Process Account of Persistence

Meincke, Anne Sophie (2018) The Disappearance of Change: Towards a Process Account of Persistence. [Preprint]

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This paper aims to motivate a new beginning in metaphysical thinking about persistence by drawing attention to the disappearance of change in current accounts of persistence. I defend the claim that the debate is stuck in a dilemma which results from neglecting the constructive role of change for persistence. Neither of the two main competing views, perdurantism and endurantism, captures the idea of persistence as an identity through time. I identify the fundamental ontological reasons for this, namely the shared commitment to what I call ‘thing ontology’: an ontology that gives the ontological priority to static things. I conclude by briefly indicating how switching to a process ontological framework that takes process and change to be ontologically primary may allow for overcoming the dilemma of persistence.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Meincke, Anne Sophiea.s.meincke@soton.ac.uk0000-0002-1650-9421
Keywords: persistence; change; identity; temporary intrinsics; endurance; perdurance; substance ontology; process ontology
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology
Depositing User: Dr. Anne Sophie Meincke
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2018 04:54
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2018 04:54
Item ID: 15266
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology
Date: 6 November 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15266

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