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Single Idea 16191

[catalogued under 9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 4. Four-Dimensionalism]

Full Idea

Perdurance relies on our having an 'atemporal' perspective from which we can truly say a banana has both yellow and green parts, where this 'has' is not in the present tense. ..Perdurance theory cannot be expressed straightforwardly in the present tense.

Gist of Idea

Perdurance needs an atemporal perspective, to say that the object 'has' different temporal parts


Katherine Hawley (How Things Persist [2001], 1.2)

Book Reference

Hawley,Katherine: 'How Things Persist' [OUP 2004], p.13

A Reaction

This seems to require the tenseless B-series view of time. It seems to need a tenseless view of the past, but what does it have to say about the future?