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Scala and the Spinning Spheres

Dean W. Zimmerman
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Vol. 64, No. 2 (Mar., 2002), pp. 398-405
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3071047
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Scala and the Spinning Spheres
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Abstract

I have argued that contemporary humeans face a trilemma: either (i) give up temporal parts, (ii) deny the humean supervenience of causal relations, or (iii) deny the possibility of there being a difference between rotating and nonrotating homogeneous spheres. Mark Scala ("Homogeneous Simples", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 64, 2002) describes an interesting class of seemingly possible objects, spinning and stationary simples; and argues their possibility undermines my argument. I argue that it does not. And I conclude with a more general assessment of the status of objections to humeanism from the possibility of homogeneous objects in motion.

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