What We Believe Ourselves To Be
Parfit (Derek)
Source: Parfit - Reasons and Persons, January 1986, pp. 199-219(21).
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  1. Discusses numerical identity, or being one and the same, qualitative identity, or being exactly similar, personal identity, or what is involved in our continued existence over time.
  2. According to the Physical Criterion, our identity over time consists in the continued existence of enough of our brain.
  3. According to the Psychological Criterion1, our identity consists in overlapping chains of psychological continuity2 and connectedness.
  4. The chapter discusses how we are inclined to believe that, even in purely imagined cases, our identity must be determinate. When we ask – Would I still exist? Would that future person be me?, it seems that it must always have an answer.

Sections
  1. Simple Teletransportation and the Branch-Line Case
  2. Qualitative and Numerical identity
  3. The Physical Criterion of Personal Identity
  4. The Psychological Criterion3
  5. The Other Views

Comment:

Part 3: Personal Identity: Chapter 10


Write-up4 (as at 18/12/2010 19:58:05): Parfit - What We Believe Ourselves To Be

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Abstract: Discusses numerical identity, or being one and the same, qualitative identity, or being exactly similar, personal identity, or what is involved in our continued existence over time. According to the Physical Criterion, our identity over time consists in the continued existence of enough of our brain. According to the Psychological Criterion, our identity consists in overlapping chains of psychological continuity and connectedness. The chapter discusses how we are inclined to believe that, even in purely imagined cases, our identity must be determinate. When we ask – Would I still exist? Would that future person be me? it seems that it must always have an answer.

Sections
  • 75. Simple Teletransportation and the Branch-Line Case
  • 76. Qualitative and Numerical identity
  • 77. The Physical Criterion of Personal Identity
  • 78. The Psychological Criterion
  • 79. The Other Views

75. Simple Teletransportation and the Branch-Line Case

76. Qualitative and Numerical identity

77. The Physical Criterion of Personal Identity

78. The Psychological Criterion

79. The Other Views



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