Personal Identity and the Radiation Argument
Olson (Eric)
Source: Analysis 61, January 2001, pp. 38-44(7).
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    Sydney Shoemaker and others argue that, because we can imagine a people who take themselves to survive 'brain-state-transfer', cerebrum transplant1, or the like, we ought to conclude that we could too. I claim that the argument faces two objections, and can be defended only by depriving it any real interest. Focuses on personal identity and the radiation argument. Effects of high levels of radiation in the environment; Belief of Progressives; Discussion of Radiation Argument.

    (Sheffield): Sydney Shoemaker has argued that, because we can imagine a people who take themselves to survive a 'brain-state-transfer' procedure, cerebrum transplant2, or the like, we ought to conclude that we could survive such a thing. I claim that the argument faces two objections, and can be defended only by depriving it any real interest.

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