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Single Idea 16499

[catalogued under 9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 7. Intermittent Objects]

Full Idea

We can say of Hume's church that the present church is the same 'church' as the old parish church but not the same 'building' or the same 'stonework' as the old parish church.

Gist of Idea

A restored church is the same 'church', but not the same 'building' or 'brickwork'


David Wiggins (Sameness and Substance [1980], 1.5)

Book Reference

Wiggins,David: 'Sameness and Substance' [Blackwell 1980], p.29

A Reaction

Unconvinced. This seems to make a 'church' into an abstraction, which might even exist in the absence of any building. And it seems to identify a building with its stonework. Wiggins yearns for a neat solution, but it ain't here.