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Single Idea 14497

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

Full Idea

That objects are compounds of matter and form yields a solution to the Problem of Constitution: the clay is merely a proper part of the statue (viz. its matter); the 'remainder' of the statue is its formal or structural components which distinguish it.

Gist of Idea

The clay is just a part of the statue (its matter); the rest consists of its form or structure


Kathrin Koslicki (The Structure of Objects [2008], Info)

Book Reference

Koslicki,Kathrin: 'The Structure of Objects' [OUP 2008], p.6

A Reaction

Thus philosophers have thought that it might consist of two objects because they have failed to grasp what an 'object' is. I would add that we need to mention 'essence', so that the statue can survive minor modifications. This is the solution!