Fission Examples in 18th and Early 19th century Personal Identity Debate
Martin (Raymond), Barresi (John) & Giovannelli (Alessandro)
Source: History of Philosophy Quarterly, 15, 1998, pp. 323-348
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    Fission examples in the contemporary personal identity debate have raised the seemingly new question of whether personal identity is what primarily matters in survival. Yet eighteenth-century personal identity theorists were already aware of fission examples. By the end of the century, they had recognized the relevance of those examples to the question of what matters1 in survival and even suggested that what matters2 is not personal identity. Then, surprisingly, that whole discussion fell completely out of sight. First, we recount this forgotten debate. Then, we suggest a three-part answer to the puzzle of how it could have been forgotten.

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