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Single Idea 17279

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

Full Idea

Even the three-dimensionalist might be willing to admit that material things have temporal parts. For given any persisting object, he might suppose that 'in thought' we could mark out its temporal segments or parts.

Gist of Idea

Even a three-dimensionalist might identify temporal parts, in their thinking


Kit Fine (Guide to Ground [2012], 1.02)

Book Reference

'Metaphysical Grounding', ed/tr. Correia,F/Schnieder,B [CUP 2012], p.42

A Reaction

A big problem with temporal parts is how thin they are. Hawley says they are as fine-grained as time itself, but what if time has no grain? How thin can you 'think' a temporal part to be? Fine says imagined parts are grounded in things, not vice versa.