A Response (to Gillett - Reasoning About Persons)
Parfit (Derek)
Source: Peacocke & Gillett - Persons and Personality: A Contemporary Inquiry, 1987, Chapter 5b
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Editors’ Abstract1

  1. Derek Parfit challenges Gillett's interpretation of brain bisection cases, and then goes on to discuss teletransportation2 and the production of a psychophysical replica of a given person.
  2. He documents the tension between our intuitive, identity-based view of persons and a reductionist view which trades exclusively in links of mental continuity and connectedness3.
  3. He argues for a view of personal identity based on the existence of such links, and spells out the transformation in our ethical theory to which it would give rise.


Response to "Gillett (Grant) - Reasoning About Persons".

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Footnote 1: Taken from "Peacocke (Arthur) & Gillett (Grant) - Persons and Personality: Introduction".

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