Essay heading: Persistence: Endurantist vs. Perdurantist

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December 17, 1996

 

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It is also very easily given; a person bent at one time and the same person not bent at another time, given an endurantist view leads to contradiction. This is very apparent and doesn't require any sort of modality to reach this contradiction, as it seems it is inherent in the Threeist view. To clarify, if one is wholly present at all times, and one's name is what refers; then at time (1), a person could be bent, and at time (2), this person is not bent...
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To clarify, if one is wholly present at all times, and one's name is what refers; then at time (1), a person could be bent, and at time (2), this person is not bent. This person now, both has and lacks the property of being bent. The Twoist has no such draw back. Overall, VanInwagen presents a well structured and clearly thoughtful argument against the twoist, but in the end the argument he gives is dependent on assuming premises that he, in fact, does not endorse himself...
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