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Single Idea 12889

[catalogued under 10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 3. Transworld Objects / a. Transworld identity]

Full Idea

What determines the limits of admissible change and secures the identity of a continuant is a matter of the kind of object in question.

Gist of Idea

The limits of change for an individual depend on the kind of individual


Peter Simons (Parts [1987], 9.6)

Book Reference

Simons,Peter: 'Parts: a Study in Ontology' [OUP 1987], p.353

A Reaction

This gives some motivation for the sortal view of essence, which I find hard to take. However, if my statue were pulverised it would make good compost.