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The Problem of Personal Identity What makes me the same person over time? X and Y are qualitatively “identical” : they have exactly similar qualities, but X ≠ Y. X and Y are quantitatively identical : X = Y.
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Motivating the Problem A. Responsibility B. Concern/Anticipation for the Future C. Immortality D. Killing a person vs. saving him/her. E.g., Tommy in “The Meeting”
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The Characters Gretchen Weirob Dying philosophy professor Sam Miller Chaplain and long-time frend of Gretchen Dave Cohen Former student of Gretchen
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The Story Weirob wants the comfort of knowing that it’s logically possible to survive her death. Not the same as believing that she really will survive her death. Logically possible = not conceptually incoherent (not involving/implying a contradiction).
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Weirob’s Body Criterion Fact: my body will eventually cease to exist. How could I still exist? She holds the Body Criterion : X at t1 is the same person as Y at t2 iff X’s body is Y’s body. She wants an alternative theory of identity that: (a) provides a means for surviving the death of her body; and (b) does not yield a contradiction or an absurdity.
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Miller’s Soul Criterion Miller: what makes you yourself is an immaterial soul. The Soul Criterion = X at t1 is the same person as Y at t2 iff X’s soul is the same as Y’s soul.
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1. Suppose the Soul Criterion is true. 2. If the S.C. is true, we could never have the grounds to judge that X is the same as Y. 3. But sometimes we
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course INDV 101 taught by Professor Walker during the Spring '07 term at Arizona.

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