- Most of us have a special and intense interest in what will happen to us. You learn that someone will be run over by a truck tomorrow; you are saddened, feel pity, and think reflectively about the frailty of life; one bit of information is added, that the someone is you, and a whole new set of emotions rise in your breast.
- An analysis of this additional bit of information, that the person to be run over is you, is offered by theories of personal identity, for to say it is you that will be hit is just to say that you and the person who will be hit are one and the same. And so it seems that those theories should shed some light on the difference this bit of information makes to us. If it gives us more reason to take steps to assure that the person is not run over, our theory should help explain why that is so. And if this bit of information gives us reasons of a different kind than we could have if it were not us to be hit, our theory should help explain this too.
- A Theory of Personal Identity
- Can We Explain Self-Concern?
- Special Reasons
- The Ego Project
- Conclusions: Smith, Methuselah2, Lewis, Parfit3
Also in "Rorty (Amélie Oksenberg), Ed. - The Identities of Persons".
Footnote 1: My numbering and titles.
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