<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Steinhart (Eric) - Indiscernible Persons (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_05/PaperSummary_5093.htm">Indiscernible Persons</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/S/Author_Steinhart (Eric).htm">Steinhart (Eric)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Metaphilosophy, 33,Number 3, April 2002, pp. 300-320(21).</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PaperSummary_5093.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PapersToNotes_5093.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>Author's Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>In this article I discuss identity and indiscernibility for person-stages and persons. </li><li>Identity through time is not an identity relation (it is a unity relation). </li><li>Identity is carefully distinguished from <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_90.htm">persistence</A><SUP>1</SUP>. Identity is timeless and necessary. </li><li>Person-stages are carefully distinguished from <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_9.htm">persons</A><SUP>2</SUP>. Theories of personal persistence are not theories of identity for persons. </li><li>I deal not with the persistence of persons through time but with the timeless and necessary identity and indiscernibility of persons. </li><li>I argue that it is possible that there are non-identical but indiscernible temporally whole persons. </li><li>I discuss the biographies of persons and develop the type or token distinction for persons. <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1173.htm">Twins</A><SUP>3</SUP> in symmetrical or eternally recurrent universes are examples of indiscernible persons. </li><li>I discuss temporal and <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>4</SUP> branching, and I end with survival for person-tokens and eternity for person-types.</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="2018-08-03T00:14" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:14:20</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>