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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  1. This paper argues that there are no people.
  2. If identity isn't what matters1 in survival, psychological connectedness isn't what matters2 either.
  3. Further, fissioning cases do not support the claim that connectedness is what matters3.
  4. I consider Peter Unger's view that what matters4 is a continuous physical realization of a core psychology.
  5. I conclude that if identity isn't what matters5 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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