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Single Idea 16229

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

Full Idea

Constitution theorists need to posit sortal properties of 'being a thread' or 'being a sweater', as grounds for the differences betwween the sweater and the thread that constitutes it.

Gist of Idea

Constitution theory needs sortal properties like 'being a sweater' to distinguish it from its thread


Katherine Hawley (How Things Persist [2001], 5.1)

Book Reference

Hawley,Katherine: 'How Things Persist' [OUP 2004], p.146

A Reaction

This is further grounds for thinking the constitution view ridiculous, because there are no such properties. 'Being a sweater' is a category, which something belongs in if it has all the properties of a sweater. The final property triggers sweaterhood.

Related Idea

Idea 16228 The constitution theory is endurantism plus more than one object in a place [Hawley]