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126). But, if someone takes this view, then a lump of clay is always spatially coincident at any time with some arbitrary object. For example, Van Inwagen suggests that someone might name a lump of clay shaped in an arbitrary fashion a ‘gollyswoggle’. It stands to reason that if an artefact comes into existence simply because a lump takes on a certain shape, then a gollyswoggle comes into existence whenever a lump becomes gollyswoggle-shaped. Van Inwagen continues if you can make a statue on purpose by kneading clay, then you can make a gollyswoggle by accident by kneading clay.
So to identify masses with mere pluralities that were pluralities of pluralities ‘all the way down’ would be to identify masses with nothing at all. (1995, pp. 99^100) If one supposes that a homeomerous mass is atom-less, as far as the plurality approach to masses is concerned, one would never get to the referents of locutions such as ‘some K ’ and ‘the K ’, since every mass of K is divisible into smaller Three Contemporary Approaches to Solving the PMC 41 masses of K. Imagine that water is a homeomerous stu¡-kind.
Van Inwagen states that by ‘life’ he means to refer to ‘the individual life of a concrete biological organism’ (1990a, p. 83). In o¡ering a descriptive explanation of what he takes the life of a living organism to be, he invokes a number of analogies. For example, Van Inwagen compares the activity of a life over time with that of a human institution, such as a club. Although a club’s membership constantly changes over time, the activities or e¡ects of that club nevertheless often continue in an uninterrupted fashion.