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Single Idea 16067

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 6. Constitution of an Object]

Full Idea

For those for whom 'constitution is not identity' (the 'constitution view'), constitution is said to be an asymmetric relation, and also a dependence relation (unlike identity).

Gist of Idea

Constitution is not identity, because it is an asymmetric dependence relation


Ryan Wasserman (Material Constitution [2009], 2)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.4

A Reaction

It seems obvious that constitution is not identity, because there is more to a thing's identity than its mere constitution. But this idea makes it sound as if constitution has nothing to do with identity (chalk and cheese), and that can't be right.