Statues and Their Constituents: Whether Consitution is Identity
Francescotti (Robert)
Source: Metaphysica 4.2 (2003), pp. 59-78
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  1. This paper examines two popular arguments for the non-identity of the statue1 and its constituent material.
  2. An essentialist response is provided to one of the arguments; that response is then shown to undermine the other argument as well.
  3. It is also shown that even if we accept these arguments and concede non-identity, we can still avoid the further conclusion that constitution is not identity.
  4. These ideas are then extended to other applications of the arguments for non-identity (specifically, their application to a person and the constituent body, and to a mental event and its constituent neural event).

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