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Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time (Mind Association Occasional Series) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 10. Februar 2005

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"Theodore Sider's excellent book provides an extremely lucid, persuasive, and detailed defense of the four-dimensionalist position, one that poses formidable challenges to the three-dimensionalist...Sider adds powerful new considerations of his own creation to the existing stockpile, which no doubt
will engender a flurry of serious philosophical scrutiny in the literature to come...As a result, Sider arrives at an extraordinarily thoughtful, informative, and balanced assessment of the debate over persistence from which misleading rhetoric is largely absent...For many years to come, this book
is sure to be the locus classicus with respect to which all those engaged with the literature on persistence must position themselves." --The Philosophical Review



"Theodore Sider's excellent book provides an extremely lucid, persuasive, and detailed defense of the four-dimensionalist position, one that poses formidable challenges to the three-dimensionalist...Sider adds powerful new considerations of his own creation to the existing stockpile, which no doubt
will engender a flurry of serious philosophical scrutiny in the literature to come...As a result, Sider arrives at an extraordinarily thoughtful, informative, and balanced assessment of the debate over persistence from which misleading rhetoric is largely absent...For many years to come, this book
is sure to be the locus classicus with respect to which all those engaged with the literature on persistence must position themselves." --The Philosophical Review


"Theodore Sider's excellent book provides an extremely lucid, persuasive, and detailed defense of the four-dimensionalist position, one that poses formidable challenges to the three-dimensionalist...Sider adds powerful new considerations of his own creation to the existing stockpile, which no doubt will engender a flurry of serious philosophical scrutiny in the literature to come...As a result, Sider arrives at an extraordinarily thoughtful, informative, and balanced assessment of the debate over persistence from which misleading rhetoric is largely absent...For many years to come, this book is sure to be the locus classicus with respect to which all those engaged with the literature on persistence must position themselves." --The Philosophical Review



"Theodore Sider's excellent book provides an extremely lucid, persuasive, and detailed defense of the four-dimensionalist position, one that poses formidable challenges to the three-dimensionalist...Sider adds powerful new considerations of his own creation to the existing stockpile, which no doubt will engender a flurry of serious philosophical scrutiny in the literature to come...As a result, Sider arrives at an extraordinarily thoughtful, informative, and balanced assessment of the debate over persistence from which misleading rhetoric is largely absent...For many years to come, this book is sure to be the locus classicus with respect to which all those engaged with the literature on persistence must position themselves." --The Philosophical Review


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Four-Dimensionalism defends the thesis that the material world is composed of temporal as well as spatial parts. This defense includes a novel account of persistence over time, new arguments in favour of the four-dimensional ontology, and responses to the challenges four-dimensionalism faces. Theodore Sider pays particular attention to the philosophy of time, including a strong series of arguments against presentism, the thesis that only the present is real. Arguments offered in favour of four-dimensionalism include novel arguments based on time travel, the debate beween spacetime substantivalists and relationalists, and vagueness. Also included is a comprehensive discussion of the paradoxes of coinciding material objects, and a novel resolution of those paradoxes based on temporal counterpart theory. In conclusion Sider replies to prominent objections to four-dimensionalism, including discussion of the problem of the rotating homogenous disk. Four Dimensionalism is an original and highly readable study of the metaphysics of time and identity.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A (Suprisingly) Enjoyable Defense of Four-Dimensionalism 10. August 2010
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'Four-Dimensionalism' is a great book. Sider defends Four-Dimensionalism with great clarity and force. Four-Dimensionalism holds (roughly) that, just as you have spatial parts--e.g. hands, cells, simples, etc.--you have "temporal" parts. A temporal part is a part of you that exists at a certain time in your existence. A consequence of this view is that, at a particular moment, you don't "wholly" exist, because your existence is spread out in time. (Four-Dimensionalism contrasts with Three-Dimensionalism, which holds that you "wholly exist" at every moment you exist.) What's nice about this book is that it takes a difficult, possibly obscure, view and makes it a joy to read about.

The book begins with an "Introduction." Unlike most Introductions, Sider's is important to read because it begins by setting forth the philosophical method and picture Sider is utilizing. (In fact, at several points in the book, Sider falls back on the points he makes in the Introduction.) The book is divided into six chapters. The first presents the "Four-Dimensionalism" picture, and motivates it by showing its ability to handle certain conceptual problems. The second could stand alone, and is a defense of the "B-theory" of time, which Sider assumes for the remainder of the book. The third attempts to state exactly what the Three/Four-Dimensionalism fuss is about. The final three chapters, which take up the bulk of the book, constitute a defense of Four-Dimensionalism--the first two provide arguments for the view, the last defends it against objections. (The book also contains a sizable list of references.)

Sider's writing is clear and easy to follow. At points, things get difficult, and some knowledge of physics is helpful for several sections; but on a whole, a limited amount of specialized knowledge is sufficient to appreciate this book. One thing I liked about it was Sider's approach. He argues that--when all the votes are in--Four-Dimensionalism is the best view, which allows him to be frank about the various strengths of arguments for and against his view. Many of his arguments are persuasive, and he's fairly systematic, considering many different objections. In the end, I learned much from it and would recommend it to anyone interested in metaphysics, ontology, or philosophy of time.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Worth the Struggle 14. Oktober 2014
Von William M. Freese - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Not an easy read for the common man, but a fascinating exploration of an important philosophical idea, made more so by the revelations of modern physics. I enjoyed Ted Sider's writing, and hope to enjoy it even more the second time I read this book. First I must read "Riddles of Existence: A Guided Tour of Metaphysics," which I understand is directed to a more general audience.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Important ontology work 8. Februar 2015
Von Brian D. Babiak - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A very solid modern work on ontology. Very useful results in all areas of philosophy, including my interests in the philosophy of identity and the theology of resurrection.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Be Here Now (At Some Point) 5. Februar 2017
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Ted Sider's *Four-Dimensionalism* is a very good book about the philosophy of time, more precisely about the metaphysics of objects as they travel through time. We readily enough admit that objects have physical parts: I have my feet and hands, each occupying a separate region of space and capable of having a (rather truncated) existence if they were severed from the rest of my body. We also grant readily enough that objects exist at different times: I was alive in 1997 and exist today, even if I am somewhat different in physical composition and (slightly) different in character. The question Sider asks is this: do objects have *temporal* parts, a "1997 part" for teenage me and a "2017 part" for the supposed adult? His answer is a resounding "Yes": "four-dimensionalism" is the name he adopts for this view. The technical distinction in metaphysics at the center of this question concerns whether objects "endure", happen to be around more or less intact at any particular time, or whether they "perdure" -- consist of a collection of temporal "stages" that have a certain integrity when considered together which we recognize as objectual.

Four-dimensionalists believe in the perdurance of objects, and thusly that the temporal axis is a genuine "dimension"; plain old three-dimensionalists think it is crazy, or at least ill-considered, to say anything other than that objects endure, "travel through time" basically unchanged (for some acceptable value of "unchanged"). Sider marshals a formidable array of arguments to show that handling many puzzles in metaphysics goes more smoothly if four-dimensionalism is accepted, and handles the interactions between his view and the "spacetime" of Einsteinian relativity adeptly; for fans of philosophy who have missed out on the "metaphysical revolution" in analytic philosophy in the last few decades, Sider's approach to his problem forms a good introduction to high-test metaphysical problems generally. (Unfortunately, there is a *deus ex machina* late in the book where Sider appeals to David Lewis's "counterpart theory" to counter an objection to four-dimensionalism: I think it is not generally realized how radical a replacement counterpart theory, which analyzes possible alternatives to the way the world actually is using "similarity" metrics, is for plain old modal logic; Sider offers little justification for his use of it.)

Well-balanced and informative.
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