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Single Idea 16023

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

Full Idea

Stage theorists, accepting the ontology of perdurance, modify the semantics to secure the result that fatness is a property of a cat. Every temporal part of a cat (such as Tabby-on-Monday) is a cat. (but they pay a price over the counting of cats).

Gist of Idea

Stage theorists accept four-dimensionalism, but call each stage a whole object


Harold Noonan (Identity [2009], 5)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.13

A Reaction

[Noonan cites Hawley and Sider for this view. The final parenthesis compresses Noonan] I would take the difficulty over counting cats to be fatal to the view. It produces too many cats, or too few, or denies counting altogether.