Is There a Puzzle about Water?

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Mark Johnston argues that the identity between water and H2O generates a puzzle: Ice is related to H2O just as water is related to H2O. If water is identical to H2O, so is ice, and we end up with an absurdity: water is ice. This paper suggests a way to preserve the identity between water and H2O without this absurd result.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-218
Number of pages12
JournalPhilosophical Papers
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

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  • Philosophy


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