ship of theseus

let me place a background of the story before noting my interpretations on the same.

this unanswered debatable ‘question’ was initially raised by Plutarch, classified as a biographer from the middle platonism. he stated “whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object of becomes a completely new one?”

this question was further supported by a short story where a fleet of sailors go deep into the ocean. as days pass parts of wood of the ship start to decay.so the members of the fleet would one by one change the part that would rot down. by the end of their journey, the entire wood of the ship was replaced with the new one. so is it the same ship that sailed into the ocean or a completely new one?

listening to this story example, there was a split of opinion among the listeners. two basic sides formed were-

  1. the existential identity of the ship depends on its crew.
  2. the existence of the ship depends on the elements it is built with.

we dove deeper into the debate as words clashed words, we started supporting our view point towards this concept or ‘question’ with explanations.

  1. the existential identity of the ship depends on its crew.

the crew on the ship, if moved to another ship takes along its life. but in this concept we DO NOT talk about TWO ships. the parts of the ship that were removed and exchanged ONE BY ONE are unusable anyway. so they do not take the life of the ship with them.

the existence of the thing does not reduce with its parts being EXCHANGED.

     2. the existence of the ship depends on the elements it is built with.

even though each piece of the object is REPLACED the charecteristics or name in general remain the same. if i travel in a ship named ‘titanic’ and each part of the ship gets exchanged gradually, it will still be the ship named ‘titanic.’

this question is unsolved since the 15th century and still seems to be a mystery. the topic is interesting and i will further review onto this.

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