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The Ontology of Physical Objects: Four-Dimensional Hunks of Matter

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This provocative new book attempts to resolve traditional problems of identity over time. It seeks to answer such questions as "How is it that an object can survive change?" and "How much change can an object undergo without being destroyed?" To answer these questions Professor Heller presents a completely new theory about the nature of physical objects and about the ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published January 21st 2004 by Cambridge University Press (first published October 26th 1990)
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Oct 08, 2008 Erin rated it liked it
I give it to him for originality,
but I can't follow his arguments to the bitter bloody end.
I like an awful lot of what he has to say on conventions, but am still trying to decide whether or not separating truth and appropriateness is an important issue.
I'll take 'appropriate' to signify 'what works,' and I tend to take 'what works,' as truth. With a few stipulations (there always are), but still.

I wish he had mentioned more about the quantum mechanics objections in the beginning of the book, as
Dec 08, 2014 i! marked it as to-read
"In proposing an ontology I am offering an account of what physical objects would have to be like if there were any."

Ch. 1: "The primary goal of this chapter is to develop a clear account of the nature of temporal parts."
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