<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Merricks (Trenton) - Endurance, Psychological Continuity, and the Importance of Personal 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_04/PaperSummary_4328.htm">Endurance, Psychological Continuity, and the Importance of Personal Identity</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/M/Author_Merricks (Trenton).htm">Merricks (Trenton)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Dec99, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p983, 15p;</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4328.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PapersToNotes_4328.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>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>This paper argues that if persons last over time by "enduring", then no analysis or reduction of personal identity over time in terms of any sort of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_16.htm">psychological continuity</A><SUP>1</SUP> can be correct. In other words, any analysis of personal identity over time in terms of <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_16.htm">psychological continuity</A><SUP>2</SUP> entails that persons are four-dimensional and have temporal parts. </li><li>The paper then shows that if we abandon psychological analyzes of personal identity  as we must if persons endure  Parfit's argument for the claim that identity does not matter in survival is easily undermined. </li><li>The paper then suggests that this offers support for the claim that persons endure. Along the way the paper tries to clarify the contrast between the doctrine that persons endure and its rival, four-dimensionalism. </li></ol></FONT><BR><U><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P4328_3">Abstract</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P4328_3"></A></U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Argues on the irrelevance of any analysis in terms of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_16.htm">psychological continuity</A><SUP>4</SUP> or reduction of personal identity if persons last over time due to endurance. </li><li><a name="4"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/P/Author_Parfit (Derek).htm">Derek Parfit</A>'s argument against the claim that identity does not matter in survival; </li><li>Contrast between the doctrine that persons endure and its rival, four dimensionalism.</li></ol></FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P4328_3"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P4328_3"><B>Footnote 3</B></A></U>: I ve forgotten where this is from, not that it s very useful, given the PI one. <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="2018-08-02T06:19" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:19:13</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>