Why I Have No Hands
Olson (Eric)
Source: Theoria 61 (1995): 182-197
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  1. The existence of such arbitrary parts of me as hands conflicts with Moorean intuitions1 about personal identity.
  2. Given that I am the only person sitting here now, there could not be such a thing as "all of me but for my hand", for if there were, it would be a second rational, conscious being.
  3. Thus, although I have particles "arranged manually", they do not compose hands.


See No Hands for the pre-publication version.

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