Substantial Identity

John Heil

in From an Ontological Point of View

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259748
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597657 | DOI:
 Substantial Identity

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Is a statue identical with the lump of bronze that makes it up? This question is discussed in the light of claims that statues and lumps possess distinct ‘modal properties’ and so could not be identical. Progress is possible if we replace the initial question with the question: what is the truth maker for the statement that this is a statue?

Keywords: constitution; disposition; eliminativism; historical property; identity; indiscernibility; individuation; modal property; object; overlapping; property; realism; relational property; sortal; truth maker

Chapter.  5682 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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