Theon’s Tale: Does a Cambridge Change Result in a Substantial Change?
Denkel (Arda)
Source: Analysis 55.3, July 1995, pp. 166–170
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  1. Dion1 is a "complete" human, while Theon is all of Dion2 minus his left foot. What happens if Dion3's left foot is amputated? Will both of Dion and Theon4 survive indiscernibly from one another, or is there reason for believing that one rather than the other is destroyed in this operation?
  2. Michael Burke has attempted to solve the puzzle by maintaining that only Dion5 survives the operation. According to this approach a Cambridge change results in destruction.
  3. The present paper offers reasons for rejecting Burke's treatment of the puzzle.

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