|Review of David Wiggins's 'Sameness and Substance Renewed'|
|Source: Philosophy - 79, Jan2004, Issue 307, p133-141, 9p|
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This book is a new version of David Wiggins’s well-known Sameness and Substance (SS), originally published by Blackwell in 1980. Wiggins has painstakingly revised and updated his original text, introducing one new chapter and rewriting another. Since SS was itself an expansion and development of an earlier work, Identity and Spatio-Temporal Continuity (Blackwell, 1967), Sameness and Substance Renewed (SSR) presents Wiggins’s latest statement of positions on which he has been working for almost four decades. No doubt some will dismiss SSR as the philosophical equivalent of a ‘digital re-mastering’ of a classic recording, supplemented by a couple of ‘bonus tracks’, and of interest to connoisseurs alone. But this would be a mistake. SSR offers a vibrant and engaging treatment of some of the deepest questions of metaphysics and epistemology. The new material, comprising almost half the text, is consistently insightful, just as the old is of enduring relevance. This is a book that deserves to be widely read and discussed.
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