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Single Idea 8271

[catalogued under 9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 3. Three-Dimensionalism]

Full Idea

The 'endurance' view is that an object persists by being 'wholly present' at more than one time, and the 'perdurance' view is that an object has different temporal parts which exist at different times.

Gist of Idea

An object 'endures' if it is always wholly present, and 'perdures' if different parts exist at different times


E.J. Lowe (The Possibility of Metaphysics [1998], 5)

Book Reference

Lowe,E.J.: 'The Possibility of Metaphysics' [OUP 2001], p.106

A Reaction

It is tempting to say that only a philosopher would come up with a view as bizarre as the second one. Trying to imagine God's view of time has led to a lot of confusion. Endurance seems to need substance, so bundle views of objects encourage perdurance.