Surviving As
Matthews (Gareth B.)
Source: Analysis 38, 1977, pp. 53-58
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  1. Derek Parfit uses a gedanken experiment about dividing a human brain and housing1 each half in a new body to challenge two, as he supposes, widely held beliefs.
  2. One is the belief that unless the question about whether a person, x, is identical with a person, y, has an answer, we cannot answer important questions about survival, memory, and responsibility.
  3. I argue that Parfit2's attempt to challenge this belief is unsuccessful.

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