HW#8 - Reading Assignment 8th Week In Bernard Williams "The...

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Reading Assignment 8 th Week In Bernard Williams’ “The Self and the Future,” Williams attempts to show that bodily-continuity is a necessary condition of personal identity. He first presents a thought experiment identical to Locke’s body-swapping concept, which seems to produce the opposite conclusion. Williams’ experiment involves two people, A and B, who undergo a body swapping process where A-person would end up as B-person and vice versa. Then he asks us to imagine that both A and B are informed that one will be horribly tortured and the other will be given $100,000. That means, after the swapping process, one person is happy to receive the money, and the other (with the opposite memories) will believe that it is not the outcome he chose. Therefore, if the swapping body is true then we can say that both A and B chose wisely. The next experiment Williams gives is dealing with the similar situation, in which both A and B persons do not believe that body swapping is true. So A chooses that A-body gets the money and
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This note was uploaded on 08/25/2008 for the course PHIL 262g taught by Professor Yaffe during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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HW#8 - Reading Assignment 8th Week In Bernard Williams "The...

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