Single Idea 13928

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

Full Idea

How is the case in which A exists prior to B, but is distinct from B, different (especially from B's point of view) from the case in which nothing exists prior to B?

Gist of Idea

If the things which exist prior to now are totally distinct, they need not have existed


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

Book Reference

'Persistence: contemporary readings', ed/tr. Haslanger,S/|Kurtz,RM [MIT 2006], p.173

A Reaction

I sympathise with her view, but this isn't persuasive. For A substitute 'Sally's mother' and for B substitute 'Sally'. A 4D-ist could bite the bullet and say that, indeed, previous parts of my 'worm' need not have existed.

Related Ideas

Idea 13927 We must explain change amongst 'momentary entities', or else the world is inexplicable [Haslanger]

Idea 2792 It is possible the world came into existence five minutes ago, complete with false memories [Russell]