Personal Identity and Psychological Continuity
Rea (Michael) & Silver (David)
Source: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61, No. 1, Jul., 2000, pp. 185-193
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  1. In a recent article, Trenton Merricks argues that psychological continuity1 analyses (PC-analyses) of personal identity over time are incompatible with endurantism2.
  2. We contend that if Merricks's argument is valid, a parallel argument establishes that PC-analyses of personal identity are incompatible with perdurantism3; hence, the correct conclusion to draw is simply that such analyses are all necessarily false.
  3. However, we also show that there is good reason to doubt that Merricks's argument is valid.

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