<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Unger (Peter) - Fission and the Focus of One's Life (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_03/PaperSummary_3623.htm">Fission and the Focus of One's Life</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/U/Author_Unger (Peter).htm">Unger (Peter)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Unger - Identity, Consciousness and Value, Chapter 8</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3623.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperCitings_3623.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PapersToNotes_3623.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Extract from <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P3623_1">Overview</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P3623_1"></A></U><FONT COLOR = "800080"> <ol type="1"><li>Chapter 8 starts with a <I>clarifying</I> discussion of <I>fission</I>. Because the existing literature on these matters appears nearly as confused as it is engaging, such a discussion is worth some effort. </li><li>Anyway, increased clarity yields a double payoff: First, even as we find it's <I>not</I> (determinately) <I>true</I> that one survives fission, we find yet more reason to endorse the realistic compromise view of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_108.htm">what matters</A><SUP>2</SUP>. More important, we uncover a previously unnoticed basic (pre-condition of) broad ego-centric value: the <I>focus of a person's life</I>.</li></ol></FONT><BR><U><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P3623_3">Sections</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P3623_3"></A></U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Standard Fission Case and the Standard One-sided Case  255</li><li>Might I Survive My Standard Fission?  260</li><li>Fission Cases and Questions of Realism  266</li><li>The Focus of a Person's Life  268</li><li>The Focus of Life and Heavily Discounted Branches  273</li><li>A Person's Singular Goods  275</li><li>Three Ways for Singular Goods to Go Two Ways  279</li><li>Branches that Run in Parallel and Branches that Diverge  282 <BR>Appendix: Toward Greater Realism in Personal Branching  287</li></ol></FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P3623_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P3623_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_11/Abstract_11983.htm">Unger (Peter) - Precis of 'Identity, Consciousness and Value'</A>". <a name="On-Page_Link_P3623_3"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P3623_3"><B>Footnote 3</B></A></U>: The bulk of sections 4-8 appear as <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_555.htm">Unger (Peter) - Fission and the Focus of One's Life (Excerpt)</A>" in <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_121.htm">Martin (Raymond) & Barresi (John), Eds. - Personal Identity</A>".<BR><BR><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="2018-08-02T06:10" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:10:33</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>