<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Robinson (John) - Personal Identity and Survival (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_09/PaperSummary_9221.htm">Personal Identity and Survival</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/R/Author_Robinson (John).htm">Robinson (John)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 85, No. 6, Jun., 1988, pp. 319-328</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_09/PaperSummary_9221.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_09/PaperCitings_9221.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">The author critically examines derek parfit's arguments that full <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_16.htm">psychological continuity</A><SUP>1</SUP> and connectedness provide all that matters to us in our survival. Two arguments are furnished which undermine parfit's conclusion. The first uses a <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiment</A><SUP>2</SUP> which demonstrates that even where there is full <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_16.htm">psychological continuity</A><SUP>3</SUP> and connectedness between oneself and a future person, there can be a better candidate for one's survivor. The second argument examines the empirical data which parfit adduces in support of his argument. Experimental results are described which undermine parfit's conclusions about actual split-brain patients and suggest that the kind of fission that he describes is quite impossible. The author concludes that there is more to one's survival than full <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_16.htm">psychological continuity</A><SUP>4</SUP> and connectedness between oneself and a future person.</ol></FONT><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="2018-08-02T07:18" pubdate>02/08/2018 07:18:32</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>