Can an Identity Be True and Not True?

On ‘constitutive tension’ in our concepts

Tucker Lieberman
3 min readDec 31, 2022

Granada by Frank Nürnberger from Pixabay

A concept, Eric Calderwood says, may have a built-in “constitutive tension”: it claims to point to what’s “unique and specific” even while “that specificity is predicated on the deliberate blurring” of other relevant concepts. A concept that has such an internal tension “has no ontological stability and cannot hold up under its…