<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Harris (Henry) - An Experimentalist Looks at Identity (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_01/PaperSummary_1393.htm">An Experimentalist Looks at Identity</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/H/Author_Harris (Henry).htm">Harris (Henry)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Harris - Identity - Essays Based on Herbert Spencer Lectures Given in the University of Oxford</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_01/PaperSummary_1393.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_01/PapersToNotes_1393.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>An Experimentalist looks at Identity' examines two questions: <ol type="1"><li>Whether the philosophical notion of 'necessary' identity has any purchase in the material world; and </li><li>Whether the concept of 'personal identity' can be sustained by <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>1</SUP> involving the bi-section, replication and <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_763.htm">transplantation of brains</A><SUP>2</SUP>. </li></ol></li><li>With respect to 1), the conclusion is reached that 'necessary' identity is a logical construct limited to formal systems with no application in the real world. </li><li>With respect to 2), the conclusion is reached that <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>3</SUP> involving manipulation of the brain are based on misapprehension of clinical reality and cannot provide a workable definition of personal identity.</li></ul></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T05:44" pubdate>02/08/2018 05:44:51</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>