The Ship of Theseus
Scaltsas (Theodore)
Source: Analysis, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Jun., 1980), pp. 152-157
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  1. The predominant opinion in current literature concerning artifact identity is that in cases of conflict, the continuity of form cannot be overruled by any other sufficiency condition for artifact identity, such as the identity of parts, while the latter can be overruled by the former. Cases such as the puzzle of Theseus1' ship are presented to be non-problematic and prima facie, but not essentially, puzzling.
  2. I wish to argue that there are no grounds for accepting such an overruling hierarchy of sufficiency conditions for the identity of artifacts – where there is conflict between such conditions – and that the example of Theseus2' ship as well as other similarly constructed cases are actual paradoxes.

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