<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Doepke (Frederick) - Spatially Coinciding Objects (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_02/PaperSummary_2004.htm">Spatially Coinciding Objects</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/D/Author_Doepke (Frederick).htm">Doepke (Frederick)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Rea - Material Constitution - A Reader</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_02/PaperSummary_2004.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_02/PaperCitings_2004.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_02/PapersToNotes_2004.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>This article presents a theory of the (time-variant) "constitution" relation, which obtains between two distinct objects which occupy the same place at the same time. </li><li>It explains why pairs of them (eg. a gold statue and the gold of the statue, a person and his or her body) are indiscernible in a variety of logically independent respects, such as place, color, shape, and weight. </li><li>It accounts for the formal features  notably, the asymmetry  of the constitution relation. (Recall that identity is symmetrical.) </li><li>In rebutting a variety of attempts to subvert <a name="2"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/W/Author_Wiggins (David).htm">David Wiggins</A>' argument that distinct objects can spatially coincide, the article offers the following: <ol type="i"><li>A general argument against relativizing identity (eg. <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_10.htm">sortally</A><SUP>1</SUP> or temporally); </li><li>Some explanation of the theoretical point of concepts of continuants; </li><li>An anti-reductionist argument in favor of admitting constituted objects (eg. organisms) in addition to objects which constitute them (eg. collections of fundamental particles). </ol></li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><ul type="disc"><li>Originally published in Ratio 24 (1982), pp. 45 60,</li><li>Included in <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6213.htm">Look (Brandon C.) - The Metaphysics of Material Beings: Constitution, Persistence, and Identity</A>".</li></ul><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T05:51" pubdate>02/08/2018 05:51:43</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>