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Persistence


Christian Kanzian


Pages 409 - 412



In our ordinary life we normally regard the middle-sized objects of everyday’s world like cars, sheep, human beings as remaining ‘the same’ over time even if they change some of their properties. The problem of persistence starts with the question how we can justify such an assumption. The most radical solution is that there is no justification at all (even though we ‘intuitively’ hold that there should be one). Among the ‘radicalists’ we can distinguish between those (‘Parmenideans’) who consider change as illusionary, and those (‘Heracliteans’) who generally negate that things can remain the same.




1Department of Philosophy, Theological Faculty of the University Innsbruck



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