<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Olson (Eric) - Was I Ever a Fetus? (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_4739.htm">Was I Ever a Fetus?</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/O/Author_Olson (Eric).htm">Olson (Eric)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Mar97, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p95, 18p;</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4739.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperCitings_4739.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PapersToNotes_4739.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>Philosopher s Index Abstract</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Discusses the Standard View of personal identity where no person was ever a <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>1</SUP>. </li><li>Continuity of mental contents or capacities to exist now or in the future; </li><li>Comparison to the popular assumption on the potential of a <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>2</SUP> to become a person; </li><li>Comparison to the <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_53.htm">Biological View</A><SUP>3</SUP>. </li></ol></FONT><BR><u>Author s Abstract</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Standard View of personal identity says that someone who exists now can exist at another time only if there is continuity of her mental contents or capacities. </li><li>But no person is psychologically continuous with a <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>4</SUP>, for a <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>5</SUP>, at least early in its career, has no mental features at all. So the Standard View entails that no person was ever a <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>6</SUP>  contrary to the popular assumption that an unthinking <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>7</SUP> is a potential person. </li><li>It is also mysterious what does ordinarily happen to a human <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>8</SUP>, if it does not come to be a person. </li><li>Although an extremely complex variant of the Standard View may allow one to persist without <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_16.htm">psychological continuity</A><SUP>9</SUP> before one becomes a person but not afterwards, a far simpler solution is to accept a radically non-psychological account of our identity.</li></ol></FONT><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="2018-08-02T06:24" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:24:01</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>