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Single Idea 6137

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

Full Idea

A statue is not identical with its constituent lump of clay because they have different persistence conditions; the statue, but not the lump, could survive the loss of a few smallish bits, and the lump, but not the statue, could survive being squashed.

Gist of Idea

Clay does not 'constitute' a statue, as they have different persistence conditions (flaking, squashing)


Trenton Merricks (Objects and Persons [2003], 2.III)

Book Reference

Merricks,Trenton: 'Objects and Persons' [OUP 2003], p.38

A Reaction

I don't see why a lump can't survive losing a few bits (if the lump never had a precise identity), but it is hard to argue that squashing is a problem. However, presumably the identity (or constitution) between lump and statue is not a necessity.