Persistence and ontological pluralism

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Grenon, P. & Smith, B. In: Kanzian C (ed.). Persistence, Frankfurt/Lancaster: ontos, 33-48. 2008.

We aim to provide the ontological grounds for an adequate account of persistence. We defend a perspectivalist, or moderate pluralist, position, according to which some aspects of reality can be accounted for in ontological terms only via partial and mutually complementary ontologies, each one of which captures some relevant aspect of reality. Our thesis here is that this is precisely the sort of ontological account that is needed for the understanding of persistence, specifically an account involving two independent ontologies, one for continuants, and one for occurrents.