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Conservation, discontinuous time, and causal continuity

  • ERIC TIMOTHY YANG (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0034412508009815
  • Published online: 01 February 2009
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William Vallicella poses a dilemma for continuous-creation accounts of conservation, which he attempts to solve by conjoining presentism and four-dimensionalism. I claim that presentist four-dimensionalism fails to appreciate the real problem behind continuous creation and persistence, which is a presumption of the discontinuity of time. I will argue that if we assume that time is discontinuous, then, (1) presentist four-dimensionalism cannot alone account for persistence, and (2) created entities are also not in clear need of conservation in Vallicella's solution. Lastly, I conclude by suggesting that the worry over persistence for continuous creation is a problem only if persistence requires causal continuity.

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  • ISSN: 0034-4125
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