The Identity of a Person and His Body
Cowley (Fraser)
Source: Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 68, No. 20, Oct. 21, 1971, 678-683
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  1. S-predicates are ascribed to a statue1 and not just to the bronze of the statue2. The statue3 and not just the bronze is a work of art, a striking image of Lincoln and so on.
  2. But it is not another, different thing. It is nothing but the bronze in that shape, the piece of bronze to which s-predicates are ascribable. When it is melted, it is no longer a statue4, that is, s-predicates are no longer ascribable to it.
  3. Similarly, a person is not another entity in addition to his body.


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