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Explanation, persistence, and location

Torrengo, Giuliano and Buonomo, Valerio (2022) Explanation, persistence, and location. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 37 (2). pp. 137-148. ISSN 2171-679X

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According to the “received view” the disagreement between endurantism and perdurantism is ontological and concerns the existence of temporal parts of continuants. In a recent paper, (Wasserman 2016) argues that the ontological conception of these theories does not address the crucial point: explaining the way things persist. According to Wasserman, perdurantism is not just the view that things have temporal parts; it is the view that things persist by (or in virtue of) having temporal parts. Moreover, in the last decade an alternative understanding of the dispute between endurantism and perdurantism, the so called “locative turn”, has lead to an understanding of these two theories as concerning crucially locational rather than mereological notions. Our main aim in this paper is to bring together those two revisionary approaches to the received view, and show how they can enrich each other and open up further dimension of the debate. Finally in the last section we focus on some of the non-standard accounts of persistence and location that arise from this approach, such as “autonomism of persistence and location” and “reverse locational endurantism/perdurantism”.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Torrengo, Giulianogiuliano.torrengo@unimi.it0000-0002-4687-6417
Buonomo, Valerio
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: persistence, perdurantism/endurantism, uni-locationism/multi-locationism, temporal parts, location, explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2022 03:42
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2022 03:42
Item ID: 20987
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
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Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
Date: May 2022
Page Range: pp. 137-148
Volume: 37
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X

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