- Francis Dauer ('How not to Reidentify the Parthenon', Analysis 33.2, pp. 63-64) and Lawrence Davis ('Smart on Conditions of Identity', Analysis 33.3, PP. 109- 10) have both made constructive criticisms of my 'How to Reidentify the Ship of Theseus1' (Analysis 32.5, pp. 145-148).
- Dauer raises doubts about the generality and Davis raises doubts about the nature of the argument deployed there.
- In conclusion let me belatedly acknowledge my enormous debt to David Wiggins's Identity and Spatio-Temporal Continity, Parts I-II (Oxford 1967) and Roderick Chisholm's 'The Loose and Popular and the Strict and Philosophical Senses of Identity' (in Perception and Personal Identity ed. Norman Care and Robert Grimm, Cleveland 1969).
- My own contribution has simply been to clarify the role of the original parts condition of identity. The false beliefs-(i) that this condition applies to the Ship of Theseus2 case and (2) that it either outweighs or is outweighed by the continuity of form condition-have been responsible for generating a puzzle where no real puzzle or need for a decision exists.
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