Do Quantum Objects Have Temporal Parts?
This paper provides a new context for an established metaphysical debate regarding the problem of persistence. I contend that perdurance (the claim that objects persist by
having temporal parts) can be precisely formulated in quantum mechanics due to an analogy with spatial parts, which I claim correspond to the decomposition of the quantum
state provided by a localization scheme. However, I present a `no-go' result that rules out the existence of an analogous temporal localization scheme, and so argue that quantum objects cannot be said to perdure. I conclude by surveying the remaining metaphysical options.
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