In this book Lynne Baker elaborates, modifies and defends some of the main ideas of her celebrated book on personal identity, Persons and Bodies (Cambridge UP, 2000). Her overall aim this time, however, is to establish ‘a metaphysical view that respects the irreducible variety of things and properties in the world’ (p. 21). Unsurprisingly, she maintains that we need her ‘constitution view’ to accomplish this task. As always, her discussions are thought‐provoking, thorough and rigorous, and anyone fascinated by Persons and Bodies will be equally intrigued by the present monograph. Likewise, anyone unpersuaded by the former book of the merits of the constitution view will remain unpersuaded.

The main tenet of the constitution view is that every ordinary thing is constituted by another thing with which it spatially coincides. You, for instance, are constituted by your body, Michelangelo's David by a piece of...

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