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Single Idea 22620

[catalogued under 9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 4. Four-Dimensionalism]

Full Idea

If causation involves production, then things must endure rather than perdure, because perdurance is incompatible with production, if creation ex nihilo is ruled out.

Gist of Idea

If causation involves production, that needs persisting objects


R.D. Ingthorsson (A Powerful Particulars View of Causation [2021], 4.10)

Book Reference

'Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time', ed/tr. Callender,Craig [OUP 2013], p.73

A Reaction

That is, objects must persist over time. Cannot an account of production be given in terms of time-sliceS (or whatever)? 3-D perdurantists obviously have an account of change. He says it also needs the A-series view of time.

Related Ideas

Idea 22619 Causes are not agents; the whole interaction is the cause, and the changed compound is the effect [Ingthorsson]

Idea 22612 Endurance and perdurance just show the consequences of A or B series time [Ingthorsson]