Coincidence and identity

Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 62:151-176 (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This paper is about a puzzle concerning the metaphysics of material objects: a puzzle generated by cases where material objects appear to coincide, sharing all their matter. As is well known, it can be illustrated by the example of a statue. In front of me now, sitting on my desk, is a statue – a statue of a lion. The statue is made of clay. So in front of me now is a piece of clay. But what is the relation between the statue and the piece of clay? Are they identical, or are they distinct?



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,252

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Compatibilism about Coincidence.Thomas Sattig - 2010 - Philosophical Review 119 (3):273-313.
Why Four-Dimensionalism Explains Coincidence.Maya Eddon - 2010 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (4):721-728.
What Are Mathematical Coincidences ?M. Lange - 2010 - Mind 119 (474):307-340.
How Coincidence Bears on Persistence.Pablo Rychter - 2011 - Philosophia 39 (4):759-770.
Identity and the Identity-like.Alan Sidelle - 1992 - Philosophical Topics 20 (1):269-292.


Added to PP

136 (#131,337)

6 months
13 (#169,369)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Penelope Mackie
Nottingham University

Citations of this work

Ordinary objects.Daniel Z. Korman - 2011 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
The Rumble in the Bundle.Benjamin L. Curtis - 2012 - Noûs 48 (2):298-313.
Persistence in Time.Damiano Costa - 2020 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Persistence and modality.Penelope Mackie - 2018 - Synthese 198 (Suppl 6):1425-1438.

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

Counterfactuals.David K. Lewis - 1973 - Malden, Mass.: Blackwell.
Material beings.Peter Van Inwagen - 1990 - Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Four Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time.Theodore Sider - 2004 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 68 (3):642-647.
Sameness and substance.David Wiggins - 1980 - Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

View all 23 references / Add more references