<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Cohnitz (Daniel) - Personal Identity and the Methodology of Imaginary Cases (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7617.htm">Personal Identity and the Methodology of Imaginary Cases</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Cohnitz (Daniel).htm">Cohnitz (Daniel)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Petrus - On Human Persons, 2003</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7617.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PapersToNotes_7617.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Author's Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><BR><BR>The problem of what the necessary and sufficient conditions for diachronic personal identity are, is generally discussed with the help of imaginary cases. The fact that in the metaphysics of personal identity this method is more frequently employed than in other fields of philosophy has led to a rich discussion of the reliability of the philosophical methodology in this area. This paper surveys most of the arguments put forward against the reliability of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>1</SUP> in the personal identity debate. None of them turns out to be conclusive. The final part of the paper gives an outlook to what a positive theory of imaginary cases might look like. </FONT><BR><BR><U>Section Headings</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Introduction<li> General Criticism of <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiments</A><SUP>2</SUP> in Philosophy<BR>1.1 <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiments</A><SUP>3</SUP> are to be Abandoned in Philosophy because there is no Positive Theory to Support Them<BR>1.2 We Simply Don t Know What We Would Say<BR>1.3 The Analytic/Synthetic Distinction and the Method of Metaphysics<BR>& 1.3.1 The Essential/Accidental Distinction<BR>& 1.3.2 Revisionary Metaphysics  Yet Another Ballgame</li><li>The Very Concept of a Person Makes it Impossible to Learn From <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiments</A><SUP>4</SUP><BR>2.1  Person is not a Natural-Kind Term and therefore <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiments</A><SUP>5</SUP> are Unreliable<BR>2.2  Person is a Natural-Kind Term (or Pretty Much Like One) and therefore <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiments</A><SUP>6</SUP> are Unreliable<BR>& 2.2.1 Neo-Descriptivism<BR>& 2.2.2 The Putnam-Kripke Orthodoxy<BR>& 2.2.3 Moderate Descriptivism</li><li>Conclusion: The Psychology of Context and The Explaining Away of Intuitions</li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>On-line draft available at <a name="W473W"></a><A HREF = "http://thphil.phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/index.php/article/articleview/157/1/19/" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> (Defunct).<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T07:01" pubdate>02/08/2018 07:01:18</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>