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Single Idea 14067

[catalogued under 9. Objects / B. Unity of Objects / 3. Unity Problems / c. Statue and clay]

Full Idea

The piece of clay and the statue are 'objects' - that is to say, they can be designated with proper names, and the logic we ordinarily use will still apply.

Gist of Idea

Clay and statue are two objects, which can be named and reasoned about


Allan Gibbard (Contingent Identity [1975], I)

Book Reference

-: 'Journal of Symbolic Logic' [-], p.190

A Reaction

An interesting indication of the way that 'object' is used in modern analytic philosophy, which may not be the way that it is used in ordinary English. The number 'seven', for example, seems to be an object by this criterion.