Single Idea 16071

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

Full Idea

On Burke's view, the process of sculpting a lump of clay into a statue destroys one object (a mere lump of clay) and replaces it with another (a statue).

Gist of Idea

Sculpting a lump of clay destroys one object, and replaces it with another one


report of Michael Burke (Dion and Theon: an essentialist solution [1994]) by Ryan Wasserman - Material Constitution 5

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.15

A Reaction

There is something right about this, but how many intermediate objects are created during the transition. It seems to make the notion of an object very conventional.