response 8 - Nina Madison Response#8 In his'Personal...

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Nina Madison Response #8 In his 'Personal Identity', pp. 200-201, Derek Parfit introduces a case in which 'my brain is divides in half and each half is housed in a new body. Both resulting people have my character and apparent memories of my life.' He then speculates about 'what happens to me'. What are the alternatives, and why is each problematic? There are three alternatives which are the possibilities of he doesn’t survive, he survives as one of the two people, or he survives as both. 1. The alternative that he does survive is problematic because people have survived with half of their brain destroyed. Parfit mentions how people in the past have in fact lived without half of their brain, therefore it is a possibility that someone can survive such a procedure. Therefore if this is true, then the statement becomes a double negative. It becomes a question of how could he not survive if one of the halves were transplanted successfully. This brings us to the problem with the second possibility.
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