|Identity, Survival, and Sortal Concepts|
|Source: Philosophical Quarterly, 1990, Vol. 40 Issue 159, p183-194, 12p|
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I contest the following assumptions regarding the conditions of diachronic identity for natural kind members:
I argue that these issues are best treated in terms of Derek Parfit's 'Relation R' rather than in terms of the identity relation.
Argues several claims about cases of purported identity through time for members of natural kinds. Overview of the concept of dominant theory as described by philosopher David Wiggins; Background on a problem case which was depicted in the motion picture "The Fly" by David Cronenberg; Information on identity as sortal-relative2.
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