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  1. Theseus 'Ship, Theseus' paradox — a paradox that can be formulated as follows: “If all the components of the original object have been replaced, does the object remain the same object?”

    According to a Greek myth retold by Plutarch, the ship on which Theseus returned from Crete to Athens was kept by the Athenians until the time of Demetrius of Phalerum, and was annually sent with a sacred embassy to Delos. When it was repaired, the planks were gradually replaced, until there was a dispute among philosophers whether this was still the same ship, or already another, new one. In addition, the question arises: in the case of building a second ship from old boards, which of them will be the real one?

    There are also modern versions of this paradox.

    According to the Aristotelian school of philosophy, there are several reasons for describing an object: the form, material, and essence of the thing (which, according to Aristotle, is the most important characteristic). According to this philosophy, the ship has remained the same, since its essence has not changed, only the worn-out material has changed.


  2. The answer to the paradox lies in the uncertainty of the concept of “the same”. Depending on how you ask it, there will be different answers. We can only discuss what definitions correspond to certain concepts of identity.

    And who cares what we think? The papers decide everything anyway. Therefore, table A will become B at the moment when the part with the inventory code is replaced.

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