Single Idea 13927

[catalogued under 9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 5. Temporal Parts]

Full Idea

If the world of time-slices is to be explicable, then it must be possible to provide explanations of change understood as a continual generation and destruction of these 'momentary entities'.

Gist of Idea

We must explain change amongst 'momentary entities', or else the world is inexplicable


Sally Haslanger (Persistence, Change and Explanation [1989], 7)

Book Reference

'Persistence: contemporary readings', ed/tr. Haslanger,S/|Kurtz,RM [MIT 2006], p.172

A Reaction

While fans of time-slices can offer some sort of explanation, in the process of explaining a 'worm', there don't seem to be the sort of causal chains that we traditionally rely on. Maybe there are no explanations of anything?

Related Idea

Idea 13930 Persistence makes change and its products intelligible [Haslanger]