The Ship of Theseus, the Parthenon and Disassembled Objects
Smart (Brian)
Source: Analysis, Vol. 34, No. 1 (Oct., 1973), pp. 24-27
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Author’s Introduction

  1. "Dauer (Francis W.) - How Not to Reidentify the Parthenon" and "Davis (Lawrence H.) - Smart on Conditions of Identity" have both made constructive criticisms of my "Smart (Brian) - How to Reidentify the Ship of Theseus".
  2. Dauer raises doubts about the generality and Davis raises doubts about the nature of the argument deployed there.

Author’s Conclusion
  1. In conclusion let me belatedly acknowledge my enormous debt to "Wiggins (David) - Identity & Spatio-temporal Continuity", Parts I-II (Oxford 1967) and Roderick Chisholm's 'The Loose and Popular1 and the Strict and Philosophical2 Senses of Identity' (in "Care (Norman) & Grimm (Robert) - Perception and Personal Identity", 1969).
  2. My own contribution has simply been to clarify the role of the original parts condition of identity. The false beliefs
    1. that this condition applies to the Ship of Theseus3 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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