<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Campbell (Scott) - Is Causation Necessary for What Matters in Survival? (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_5101.htm">Is Causation Necessary for What Matters in Survival?</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Campbell (Scott).htm">Campbell (Scott)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophical Studies 126,Number 3, December 2005, pp. 375-396(22).</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_5101.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_05/PapersToNotes_5101.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">In this paper I shall argue that if the Parfitian psychological criterion or theory of personal identity is true, then a good case can be made out to show that the psychological theorist should accept the view I call  psychological sequentialism . This is the view that a causal connection is not necessary for <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_108.htm">what matters</A><SUP>1</SUP> in survival, as long as certain other conditions are met. I argue this by way of Parfit s own principle that <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_108.htm">what matters</A><SUP>2</SUP> in survival cannot depend upon a trivial fact. </ol></FONT><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Introduction</li><li>The Psychological Theory</li><li>Appropriate Causal Connections</li><li>Some Further Possible Constraints</li><li>The Narrow View</li><li>The Wide View</li><li>Psychological Sequentialism</li><li>Can a Tiny Causal Difference Be Important?</li><li>Kolak and Martin s  <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P5101_3">MOC</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P5101_3"></A> Argument</li><li>The  New Club Argument for Sequentialism</li><li>The  Indiscernible Swap Argument for Sequentialism</li><li>A Sequentialist Solution to a Branching Problem</li><li>Old Tapes of Yourself</li><li>Does Swampy the Swampman Have <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_108.htm">What Matters</A><SUP>4</SUP> in Survival for You?</li><li>An Externalist Objection</li><li>Counterfactual Dependence</li><li>Opponents of Sequentialism</li><li>Conclusion</li></ol></FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P5101_3"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P5101_3"><B>Footnote 3</B></A></U>: MOC = Mathematical Object-Configurations <BR><BR><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="2018-08-02T06:28" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:28:37</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>