Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

The Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 114, No. 2, July 2017

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

The Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 114, No. 2, July 2017

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The Transcendentist Theory of Persistence, DAMLANO COSTA

This paper develops a endurantist theory of persistence. The theory is built around one basic tenet, which concerns existence at a time--the relation between an object and the times at which that object is present, According to this tenet, which the author calls transcendentism, for an object to exist at a time is for it to participate in events that are located at that time. The author argues that transcendentism is a semantically grounded and metaphysically fruitful. It is semantically grounded insofar as a semantic analysis of our temporal talk favors it over rivals. It is metaphysically fruitful insofar as the theory of persistence that can be built around it--the transcendentist theory of persistence, to give it a name--requires neither temporal parts nor the problematic commitments to which all extant forms of endurantism are committed, such as the possibility of extended simples or multilocation.

Criticism and Blame in Action and Assertion, CHRISTOPH KELP and MONA SIMION

In this paper the authors develop a general normative framework for criticisability, blamelessness, and blameworthiness in action. They then turn to the debate on norms of assertion. …

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