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Single Idea 16209

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

Full Idea

Can one really think that point-duration temporal slices of bodies believe things or want things?

Gist of Idea

How can point-duration slices of people have beliefs or desires?


Judith (Jarvis) Thomson (People and Their Bodies [1997], p.211), quoted by Katherine Hawley - How Things Persist 2.9 n21

Book Reference

Hawley,Katherine: 'How Things Persist' [OUP 2004], p.65

A Reaction

There is a problem with a slice doing anything long-term. The bottom line is that things are said to 'endure', but that is precisely what time-slices are unable to do. Hawley rejects this idea.