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Single Idea 12854

[catalogued under 9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 9. Ship of Theseus]

Full Idea

At the end of the Ship of Theseus story both an entrepreneur and a museum curator can be content, each having his ship all to himself, ..because each was all along claiming a different object from the other.

Gist of Idea

An entrepreneur and a museum curator would each be happy with their ship at the end


Peter Simons (Parts [1987], 5.5)

Book Reference

Simons,Peter: 'Parts: a Study in Ontology' [OUP 1987], p.201

A Reaction

Simons has the entrepreneur caring about function (for cruises), and the curator caring about matter (as a relic of Theseus). It is bold of Simons to say on that basis that it starts as two objects, one 'matter-constant', the other 'form-constant'.