Material Constitution

[Revised entry by Ryan Wasserman on July 5, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] What is the relationship between a clay statue and the lump of clay from which it is formed? We might say
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[Revised entry by Ryan Wasserman on July 5, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] What is the relationship between a clay statue and the lump of clay from which it is formed? We might say that the lump constitutes the statue, but what is this relation of material constitution? Some insist that constitution is identity, on the grounds that distinct material objects cannot occupy the same place at the same time. Others argue that constitution is not identity, since the statue and the lump differ in important respects. Still others take cases like this to...

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