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Single Idea 16213

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

Full Idea

I claim that there are relations between the distinct stages of a persisting object which are not determined by the intrinsic properties of those stages. …The later stages depend, counterfactually and causally, upon the earlier stages.

Gist of Idea

Stages of one thing are related by extrinsic counterfactual and causal relations


Katherine Hawley (How Things Persist [2001], 3.5)

Book Reference

Hawley,Katherine: 'How Things Persist' [OUP 2004], p.85

A Reaction

This is the heart of her theory. How can there be a causal link between two stages which is not the result of intrinsic properties of the stages? This begins to sound like Malebranche's Occasionalism.