Parfit and the Buddha: Why There Are No People
Stone (Jim)
Source: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 48 (1988) pp. 519-532
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Author’s Abstract

  1. This paper argues that there are no people.
  2. If identity isn't what matters1 in survival, psychological connectedness2 isn't what matters3 either.
  3. Further, fissioning cases do not support the claim that connectedness4 is what matters5.
  4. I consider Peter Unger's view that what matters6 is a continuous physical realization of a core psychology.
  5. I conclude that if identity isn't what matters7 in survival, nothing matters. This conclusion is deployed to argue that there are no people.
  6. Objections to Eliminativism are considered, especially that morality cannot survive the loss of persons.

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