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Single Idea 14483

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

Full Idea

The 'grounding problem' is that given all that the statue and the lump have in common, what could possibly ground their different modal properties?

Gist of Idea

Given the similarity of statue and lump, what could possibly ground their modal properties?


Amie L. Thomasson (Ordinary Objects [2007], 04.4)

Book Reference

Thomasson,Amie L.: 'Ordinary Objects' [OUP 2010], p.81

A Reaction

Their modal properties are, of course, different, because only one of them could survive squashing. Thomasson suggests their difference of sort, but I'm not sure what that means, separately from what they actually are.