Notes on Relation R
Belzer (Marvin)
Source: Analysis, Vol. 56, No. 1, Jan., 1996, pp. 56-62
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    This article shows that Parfit in Reasons and Persons uses the abbreviating phrase 'Relation R' in three distinct ways: (1) according to his explicit definition of the phrase, R is 'psychological connectedness and/or continuity'; (2) when he says identity according to the Psychological Criterion is 'nonbranching R' he assumes R is 'psychological continuity1'; and (3) in his arguments that it is R (not identity) that 'matters', R is 'psychological connectedness and continuity'. Some of the criticisms of his Division argument that identity does not 'matter' need to be reevaluated because they assume that the third reading of 'R' plays a role that it need not play.

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