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Peter van Inwagen


In this section (i. e. section 13) of his monograph Material Beings, first published in 1990, the author discusses certain sentences – sentences such as “This house has stood here for three hundred years” – that are usually discussed in connection with “the problem of identity through time”. It is argued that these sentences cannot have any very intimate connection with that problem (whatever exactly that problem may be), for there are – as the author suggests by proposing an answer to the so-called Special Composition Question – no such things as houses or other artefacts, and thus there is no problem about their persistence through time.

Published Online: 2013-06-03
Published in Print: 2013-06

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