<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Beck (Simon) - Back To The Self And The Future (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_4982.htm">Back To The Self And The Future</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Beck (Simon).htm">Beck (Simon)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: South African Journal of Philosophy, Aug98, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p211, 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_4982.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PapersToNotes_4982.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">The <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiment</A><SUP>1</SUP> presented by Bernard Williams in 'The self and the future' continues to draw the attention of writers in the debate about personal identity. While few of them agree on what implications it has for the debate, almost all agree that those implications are significant ones. Some have even claimed that it has consequences not only for personal identity, but also concerning the viability of <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiment</A><SUP>2</SUP> as a method. This paper surveys what these consequences might be at both levels--as a substantive contributions to the debate on identity, and as to what it shows about the usefulness of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiments</A><SUP>3</SUP>. It argues ultimately that <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiments</A><SUP>4</SUP> like Williams's do provide a useful philosophical tool as long as we temper our expectations of them, and that it offers some support to a view of personal identity but one which is at odds with Williams's own view.</ol> </FONT><U>EBSCOHost Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Presents information on a <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiment</A><SUP>5</SUP> conducted by Bernard Williams in  The self and the future,' investigating the role of <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiments</A><SUP>6</SUP> in the debate on personal identity. Description of scenarios of Williams' <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiment</A><SUP>7</SUP>; Reference to arguments regarding flaws in the <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiment</A><SUP>8</SUP>; Reference to the rejection of <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiments</A><SUP>9</SUP>. </ol></FONT><U>Section Headings</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Introduction </li><li>Williams's <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiment</A><SUP>10</SUP> </li><li>Noonan's argument that both <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiments</A><SUP>11</SUP> are flawed </li><li>Does the conundrum support the unanalysability of identity? </li><li>Does the conundrum show <a name="12"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiment</A><SUP>12</SUP> to be a misguided method? </li><li>What Williams's experiments do show </li><li>Williams's own response and why it is unconvincing </li><li>Conclusion</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="2018-08-02T06:26" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:26:59</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>