Thesis - Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time)
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  • A number of thought experiments that feature in Chapter 103 seem to fail if perdurantism is true (because the reduplication objections fail).
  • Depending on whether any of these are critical to my arguments, I may need to consider the impact of perdurantism.
  • But this complex area may be a step too far within a fairly limited word-count.
  • I’m also unsure whether it should feature before or after the Chapter on Thought Experiments4.

Research Methodology
  • Follow this Link5 for a generic statement of how I intend to pursue each Chapter.
  • The method is broken down into 12, possibly iterative, stages.
  • Follow this Link6 for my progress dashboard on these tasks.

Links to Notes
  1. Time7,
    Time Travel8,
  2. Persistence9,
    Persistence Criteria10,
  3. Survival14.

Chapter Introduction
  1. Any discussion of identity over time – of anything – needs to have some discussion of just what it is for something to persist, and what we take time to be.
  2. Additionally, as noted in the Abstract above, depending on our approach to time and persistence, some of the troubling thought experiments that worry us about the persistence of human persons are resolved, though we get nothing for nothing. As is usual in philosophy, a gain here is compensated for by a loss somewhere else. We need to determine these losses, and agree that they are “worth it”.
  3. Further text to be supplied15.

Main Text
  1. To be supplied16.

Concluding Remarks
  1. Having now cleared up all our preliminaries, we can now turn to the meat of the Thesis in our next Chapter17, where we consider Animalism and the arguments for it.
  2. This is work in progress18.

Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed19
  1. In this Chapter I will consider the following papers or book chapters (together with some others referenced by these). There are doubtless many more that are relevant and which will be addressed in the course of the thesis, but these are probably sufficient to get us going.
  2. The references are segregated by sub-topic, as below, but there is much overlap.
  3. Time:
  4. Time Travel20:
  5. Modality / Possible Worlds22:
  6. Persistence:
  7. Survival24:
  8. Endurantism:
  9. Perdurantism:
  10. Exdurantism:
  11. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  12. The motivation for these works is as follows:-
    • To be supplied.

The Cut
  1. There had already been a lot of cutting in the various selections of the original reading list – the reading lists attached to the Notes run on and on – and these items just represent the works in my possession (though I have sought out all that I’ve heard of that look relevant).
  2. However, the items in the lists following were given some attention, and have been culled – at least temporarily – from the lists above, where they originally appeared. I’ve not always given a reason as I’ve not studied them sufficiently closely. But, you have to draw a line somewhere.
  3. I’m well aware that the cut has not been sufficiently rigorous. Further items beyond the items below are likely to be culled when I come to process them.

In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2:
  • This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (02/06/2019 00:57:36).
  • Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
Footnote 19:
  • See the section on Research Methodology for what is to be done with these.
  • The author’s surname is repeated in the text to make it easier for me to see what’s going on in the encoded text I work on.
Footnote 20:
  • I thought I’d written somewhere that this – fun though it might be – is a bridge too far. But it is relevant.
  • I’ll expand the reading list based on the items already listed.
Footnote 21: And the rest of an interesting 2005 edition of The Monist.

Footnote 22:
  • This is parked here until it finds its final resting place.
  • If I do cover possible worlds, I’ll need more material than this.
Footnote 23: This might also be useful for perdurantism, or for the logic of identity.

Footnote 24:
  • There is some overlap – as far as papers reviewed are concerned – between this Section and the “Does Identity Matter” Section in Chapter 4.
  • This Chapter focuses on the meaning of “Survival”, while the previous chapter focuses on its relation to Identity, and the importance of identity for survival.
  • But, I think they should probably be covered in the same place, and probably not here.
Footnote 25: These three papers by Butterfield are very specialised, and this one is very long, and may be left to one side for now.

Footnote 26: This looks like an important paper, which rejects the “proofs” of 4D based on the “coincidence” TEs.

Footnote 27: Another important-looking paper, also against perdurantism, along similar lines to the above.

Footnote 28: Oderberg seems to be arguing that Perdurantism is an unwanted consequence of a common-sense notion of persistence.

Footnote 29: I’m not sure whether this belongs here, but it looks an interesting paper.

Footnote 30: I don’t have the paper in any case!

Footnote 31: This is an ethical rather than metaphysical discussion.

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