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- Prompted by Derek Parfit1's early work on personal identity, Lewis advances the view that persons are best regarded as suitably related aggregates of person-stages. Parfit2 argues that what matters3 in survival is either identity or mental continuity and connectedness4; that the two cannot both be what matters5 in survival (because the former is a one-one relation and does not admit of degree, whereas the latter can admit of degree and may be a one-many or many-one relation); and that what matters6 in survival is not identity.
- Contra Parfit7, Lewis contends that the opposition is a false one, since it obscures the fact that mental continuity and connectedness8 is a relation between two person-stages (i.e., time-slices of continuant persons), whereas identity is a relation between temporally extended continuant persons with stages at different times.
- The postscript includes both Lewis’ rejoinder to Parfit9's objections, as well as a further defense of person-stages.
- Photocopy filed in "Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 09 (L)";
- Also in:-
- For Notes, see "Funkhouser (Eric) - Notes on Lewis, 'Survival and Identity'".
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