Single Idea 12853

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

Full Idea

In the Ship of Theseus, some place individuity in the unity of matter; others, in the unity of form.

Gist of Idea

Some individuate the ship by unity of matter, and others by unity of form


Thomas Hobbes (De Corpore (Elements, First Section) [1655], 2.11.07)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Metaphysical Writings', ed/tr. Calkins,Mary Whiton [Open Court 1905], p.85

A Reaction

Simons raises this comment into a dogma, that there are at least two objects present in the ship. If I offered you a sum for the contents of your house, they would have a unity of monetary value.