The Standard Objection to the Standard Account
Wasserman (Ryan)
Source: Philosophical Studies 111: 197-216, 2002
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Author’s Abstract

  1. What is the relation between a clay statue1 and the lump of clay from which it is made?
  2. According to the defender of the standard account, the statue2 and the lump are distinct, enduring objects that share the same spatial location whenever they both exist. Such objects also seem to share the same microphysical structure whenever they both exist.
  3. This leads to the standard objection to the standard account: if the statue3 and the lump of clay have the same microphysical structure whenever they both exist, how can they differ in their de re temporal properties, de re modal4 properties and so on?
  4. In this paper I develop a mereological answer to this question – the statue5 and the lump differ with respect to their parts and this explains their difference with respect to de re temporal properties, de re modal6 properties and the like.

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