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Single Idea 16077

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

Full Idea

I argue that a lump of clay borrows the property of being a statue from the statue. The lump is a statue because, and only because, there is something that the lump constitutes that is a statue.

Gist of Idea

The clay is not a statue - it borrows that property from the statue it constitutes


Lynne Rudder Baker (Why Constitution is not Identity [1997], n9)

Book Reference

-: 'Journal of Philosophy' [-], p.602

A Reaction

It is skating on very thin metaphysical ice to introduce the concept of 'borrowing' a property. I've spent the last ten minutes trying to 'borrow' some properties, but without luck.