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Single Idea 13280

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

Full Idea

The statue and the clay appear to differ in modal properties (such as being able to survive squashing), and temporal properties (coming into existence after the lump of clay), and in constitution (only the statue is constituted of the clay).

Gist of Idea

Statue and clay differ in modal and temporal properties, and in constitution


Kathrin Koslicki (The Structure of Objects [2008],

Book Reference

Koslicki,Kathrin: 'The Structure of Objects' [OUP 2008], p.179

A Reaction

I think the modal properties are the biggest problem here. You can't say a thing and its constitution are different objects, as they are necessarily connected. Structure comes into existence at t, but the structure isn't the whole object.