Reading Response 6 PHI 101
(1) In “So It Goes” J. David Velleman talks about what it is for an object to ‘perdure’ and
what it is for an object to ‘endure’. In your own words explain what it means for an object
to ‘perdure’ and what it is for an object to ‘endure’.(2 points)
Endurance: the view that all of an object is present at every time at which it exists.
Perdurance: the opposed view that only part of something is present at any time at
which the thing exists.
(2) In pages 360361 of “So it Goes” J. David Velleman talks about a theory of time called
presentism. (a) what is presentism? (b) according to Velleman, why can’t objects endure
if presentism is true? (3 points)
(3) In “The Powers of Rational Beings: Freedom of the Will” Peter Van Inwagen discusses
the notions of ‘free will’ and ‘determinism’. In your own words, explain what ‘free will’
is, and provide an example, and explain what ‘determinism’ is and provide an example. (4
Free will is the ability to make choices without external coercion.
Determinism is a belief in the inevitability of causation. E