Lewis, Perry, and What Matters
Parfit (Derek)
Source: Rorty (Amelie) - The Identities of Persons, 1976
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Author’s Introduction

  1. ‘We can agree with Parfit’1, Lewis writes, ‘… that what matters2 in questions of personal identity is mental continuity or connectedness3 … At the same time we can consistently agree with common sense … that what matters4 in questions of personal identity is identity’ (p. 195).
  2. Despite the great resourcefulness of Lewis’s paper, I still believe this cannot be done. I shall first explain why, then suggest what this might show, and end with some remarks about Perry’s paper6.

In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 5: See "Lewis (David) - Survival and Identity".

Footnote 6: See "Perry (John) - The Importance of Being Identical".

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