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Single Idea 11843

[catalogued under 9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 1. Concept of Identity]

Full Idea

People often speak of identity over time and distinguish it from identity at a time. But identity is just identity.

Gist of Idea

Identity over a time and at a time aren't different concepts


David Wiggins (Sameness and Substance Renewed [2001], 2.3)

Book Reference

Wiggins,David: 'Sameness and Substance Renewed' [CUP 2001], p.32

A Reaction

I myself am guilty of such usage, but it doesn't imply a commitment to a multivocal concept. The epistemological issues (of explaining what it is now, and simply reidentifying it later) seem profoundly different. Hume only admits identity over time.