Ratio 11 (3):316–328 (1998)

Authors
Michael Rea
University of Notre Dame
Abstract
In this paper, I present an Aristotelian solution to the problem of material constitution. The problem of material constitution arises whenever it appears that an object a and an object b share all of the same parts and yet are essentially related to their parts in different ways. (A familiar example: A lump of bronze constitutes a statue of Athena. The lump and the statue share all of the same parts, but it appears that the lump can, whereas the statue cannot, survive radical rearrangements of those parts.) I argue that if we are prepared to follow Aristotle in making a distinction between numerical sameness and identity, we can solve the problem of material constitution without recourse to co-location or contingent identity and without repudiating any of the familiar objects of common sense (such as lumps and statues) or denying that these objects have the essential properties we ordinarily think that they have.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/1467-9329.00073
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,363
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Why Composition Matters.Andrew M. Bailey & Andrew Brenner - 2020 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (8):934-949.
Logical Parts.Laurie A. Paul - 2002 - Noûs 36 (4):578–596.
Object.Bradley Rettler & Andrew M. Bailey - 2017 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Hylomorphism Reconditioned.Michael C. Rea - 2011 - Philosophical Perspectives 25 (1):341-358.
Material Constitution.Ryan Wasserman - 2010 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

View all 25 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Constitution and Kind Membership.Michael C. Rea - 2000 - Philosophical Studies 97 (2):169-193.
Composition and Coincidence.Eric T. Olson - 1996 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 77 (4):374-403.
Identity and Becoming.Robert Allen - 2000 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 38 (4):527-548.
The Ontology of Material Objects.Eric T. Olson - 2002 - Philosophical Books 43 (4):292-299.
The Puzzles of Material Constitution.L. A. Paul - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (7):579-590.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
237 ( #40,785 of 2,445,471 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
7 ( #102,686 of 2,445,471 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes