Suspended judgment has a nice post on Whitehead and repetition that goes along well with recent local blogosphere musings.
I had forgotten the word "repetition," which is an analogue of "habit." Analogy is not identity of course, but it is helpful to bring 19th century idealism into the picture, as it has much to teach us realists.
I have not pointed this out, but one can be a "scholastic realist" and still be what many would call and "idealist." The former thesis says something about what is real. The latter says something about what reality is.