<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity: Introduction (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_22/PaperSummary_22763.htm">Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity: Introduction</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/W/Author_Wiggins (David).htm">Wiggins (David)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperSummary_22763.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PaperCitings_22763.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_22/PapersToNotes_22763.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>Section 1</u> (Full text)<FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Forty-four years ago I published a short monograph called <a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_53.htm">Wiggins (David) - Identity & Spatio-temporal Continuity</A>", henceforth ISTC, in which I contended that the identity between x and y  or the persistence of x in the shape of y  cannot in general be determined without reference to what x is and what y is, the fundamental thing-kind of each. I recently discovered that, in placing such emphasis on the question <em>x and y are the same what?</em>, I was repeating something I had said in an entry for <em>Analysis</em> Problem number 11 (1957). I did not win the competition, but it was a consolation (I now recall) that, in his report, Arthur Prior who was the judge made honourable mention of my deployment of that question. </li><li>In ISTC I contended also that a proper concern with that same question, so soon as it was married with a concern for the <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_81.htm">indiscernibility of identicals</A><SUP>1</SUP>, logically excluded the very idea, which was championed at that time by <a name="4"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/G/Author_Geach (Peter).htm">Peter Geach</A>, of relative identity. The point of the <em>same what</em> question was not to make room for relative identity but to focus attention upon the question what thing or things  and what sort of things  were being inquired about. </li><li>Once ISTC was in print, I started putting one or two things right. From this process, once it was begun, arose <a name="6"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_54.htm">Wiggins (David) - Sameness and Substance</A>", henceforth S&S, and later <a name="7"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1312.htm">Wiggins (David) - Sameness and Substance Renewed</A>", henceforth S&SR. </li><li>In the present collection the first essay summarizes, clarifies or extends S&SR. <ul type="disc"><li>A summary of <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P22763_2">this paper</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P22763_2"></A> is given at Section 2 which ensues here. </li><li>Section 3 describes the contents of Chapters 2 to 12. </li><li>Sections 4 and 5 give explanations which are perfectly essential to the understanding of all the essays in this book. </li><li>Sections 6 to 8 treat less immediate matters which arise from recent controversy. </li></ul> </li></ol></FONT><BR><u>Notes on Sections 2  8</u><ol type="1"><li><b>Section 2</b>  as noted above  purports to be a summary of Chapter 2 (<a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22764.htm">Wiggins (David) - Identity, Individuation, and Substance</A>"), but I found it incomprehensible without reading that chapter. Anything I can make of it appears against that Chapter itself. </li><li>Similarly, the comments in <b>Section 3</b> are used for the introductions to Chapters 2  12. </li><li><b>Section 4</b>: </li><li><b>Section 5</b>: </li><li><b>Section 6</b>: </li><li><b>Section 7</b>: </li><li><b>Section 8</b>: </li></ol><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P22763_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P22763_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Ie. a summary of <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22764.htm">Wiggins (David) - Identity, Individuation, and Substance</A>", itself a summary of S&SR!</li></ul> <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="2018-08-02T09:57" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:57:53</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>