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International Journal for Ontology and Metaphysics

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Persistence Conditions and Identity

John Biro
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Published Online: 2019-02-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2019-2005


Pluralists believe that there are cases of distinct but spatio-temporally coinciding things. The statue goes, the piece of clay remains: differing persistence conditions, different things. Yet while both are with us, they are obviously in the same place. The argument rests on two assumptions: that statues have their shape essentially and that pieces of clay do not. Only if we make both does the conclusion follow. Here I suggest that while both assumptions are plausible on their face, each may be questioned. Given this, we are not forced to accept their conjunction and can thus avoid the counter-intuitive conclusion it entails.

Keywords: pluralism; contingent identity; persistence conditions


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Published Online: 2019-02-09

Published in Print: 2019-04-24

Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 20, Issue 1, Pages 73–82, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2019-2005.

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