Billy Joel Versus Aristotle On Identity
Billy Joel sings that he wants you just the way you are, whether or not you get it right the first time. Unfortunately, according to Aristotle, you are necessarily identical to yourself, so you can’t be any other body or any other ways, and would only be your way, not anyone else’s. It is tautologically necessary, according to modern, formal logicians, that you, and only you, are the person you person, and are way you are. Fortunately, Billy Joel seems fine with all this, though I personally feel formal logicians should be very different people, given there are so many of them, and they can’t all be identical.