3 thoughts on “Theseus returns. Or does he?

  1. The trouble with thought experiments is they tend to be unrealistic.

    You can’t completely replace all the parts of a ship this way. There is a chassis: the keel, which you simply can’t get at without first getting everything else out of the way.

    Every complex piece of machinery has a chassis of some sort. When you assemble something, you start with the chassis and add stuff. When you disassemble something, the chassis is what you’re left with.

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    1. True enough, although I might be able to reconstruct something modularly or land-based without this complication—perhaps a house. Even more relevant, the fact that the average life of a human cell is 7 years—some much shorter or longer—, the question of identity remains.

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