Survival and Importance
Brennan (Andrew)
Source: Analysis, vol. 47, 1987, pp. 225-230
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  1. It is argued that Parfit1's account of personal survival2 fails to recognise a critical ambiguity in our conception of what is important in human life.
  2. Two modes of valuing persons are introduced, these modes being linked to two different causal roles that items can play in the production of further items.
  3. The distinction between "production" and "copying" processes helps to avoid confusion in the discussion of problems about replication3 and survival4.

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