Parfit on Persons
Cassam (Quassim)
Source: Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 93: 17-37, 1992
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    It is argued that Parfit1's claim that personal identity is not what matters2 depends for much of its plausibility on the assumption that persons are not substances, on either a realist or conceptualist view of substance. It is suggested that the main challenge facing Parfit3 is to explain why thinking of ourselves as non-substantial is better than the best non-reductionist conception of ourselves, namely, animalism4.

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