<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Wasserman (Ryan) - Material Constitution (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_21/PaperSummary_21048.htm">Material Constitution</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/W/Author_Wasserman (Ryan).htm">Wasserman (Ryan)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, 2009-2013</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21048.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PapersToNotes_21048.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>Author s Abstract</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>What is the relationship between a clay statue and the lump of clay from which it is formed? We might say that the lump <em>constitutes</em> the statue, but what is this relation of <em>material constitution</em>? </li><li>Some insist that <em>constitution is identity</em>, on the grounds that distinct material objects cannot occupy the same place at the same time. Others argue that <em>constitution is not identity</em>, since the statue and the lump differ in important respects. </li><li>Still others take cases like this to motivate revisionary views about the nature of persistence, parthood, <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modality</A><SUP>1</SUP>, identity, or existence.</li><li>This article presents some of the most important puzzles of material constitution and evaluates some of the most popular responses. </li></ol> </FONT><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Puzzles</li><li>Coincident Objects</li><li>Temporal Parts</li><li>Eliminativism</li><li>Dominant Kinds</li><li>Relative Identity</li><li>Deflationism </li></ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>First published Wed Feb 25, 2009; substantive revision Fri Apr 5, 2013<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="2018-08-03T00:15" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:15:39</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>