Thomas Hobbes and Thomas White on Identity and Discontinuous Existence

Han Thomas Adriaenssen, Sam Alma
2021 Pacific Philosophical Quarterly  
Is it possible for an individual that has gone out of being to come back into being again? The English Aristotelian, Thomas White, argued that it is not. Thomas Hobbes disagreed and used the case of the Ship of Theseus to argue that individuals that have gone out of being may come back into being again. This paper provides the first systematic account of their arguments. It is doubtful that Hobbes has a consistent case against White. Still, his criticism may have prompted White to clarify his views on identity over time in his later work.
doi:10.1111/papq.12354 fatcat:jqnmp26kkzhabbl5ocikcjzoky