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Single Idea 7948

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

Full Idea

Because a statue and the lump of matter that constitute it have different persistence conditions, they are not identical.

Gist of Idea

A statue and its matter have different persistence conditions, so they are not identical


Cynthia Macdonald (Varieties of Things [2005], Ch.4)

Book Reference

Macdonald,Cynthia: 'Varieties of Things' [Blackwell 2005], p.172

A Reaction

Maybe being a statue is a relational property? All the relational properties of a thing will have different persistence conditions. Suppose I see a face in a bowl of sugar, and you don't?