- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Causality1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 18/06/2018 23:25:26): Causality
- Causality (or Causation) is important in determining which changes4 are identity-preserving and which aren’t. There has to be the right kind of causal connection between A and B for A=B. This is sometimes given as an objection to Teletransportation5 TEs6 – the causal connection between the pre- and post-teletransportation individuals isn’t of the right sort.
- Similar objections are sometimes raised in response to tinkering with organisms – for instance siliconisation7, brain transplants8 and such like. The causal connection between successive states of the supposed same organism isn’t sufficient to preserve identity.
- Also, memories9 sometimes feature – fiddling with or implanting memories doesn’t have the right causal connection to make them my memories, even though they might seem so to me.
- In all cases, we need to consider internal change versus externally-imposed change, and why some externally-imposed changes preserve the individual, while others don’t. See Olson below.
- For a page of Links10 to this Note, Click here. I could have included key-words “cause” and “causal”, but “cause” in particular expanded the list beyond measure, and the list is long enough as it is.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read11, include12 the following, often of fairly tangential relevance:-
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Review of 'Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?' by Nancey Murphy", Baker
- "Chalmers (David) - How Cartesian Dualism Might Have Been True", Chalmers
- "Crane (Tim) - Body", Crane
- "Davidson (Donald) - Causal Relations", Davidson
- "Hawley (Katherine) - How Things Persist: Introduction", Hawley
- "Lewis (David) - Causation", Lewis
- "Lewis (David) - Philosophical Papers Volume II: Introduction", Lewis
- "MacDonald (Cynthia) & MacDonald (Graham) - The Philosophy of Psychology: Debates in Psychological Explanation - Preface", MacDonald
- "Mellor (D.H.) - Real Time: Introduction and Summary", Mellor
- "Mellor (D.H.) - Real Time II: Preface", Mellor
- "Mellor (D.H.) - Real Time II: Introduction", Mellor
- "Olson (Eric) - Immanent Causation and Life After Death", Olson, 2010
- "Olson (Eric) - Life After Death and the Devastation of the Grave", Olson
- "Parfit (Derek) - Different Attitudes To Time", Parfit
- "Richmond (Alasdair) - Time Travel and Philosophy", Richmond
- "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Immortality", Shoemaker_D
- "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Causality and Properties", Shoemaker_S
- "Snowdon (Paul) - Philosophy and the Mind/Body Problem", Snowdon
- "Taylor (James Stacey) - The Myth of Posthumous Harm", Taylor
- "Von Wachter (Daniel) - Free Agents as Cause", Von Wachter
- "Wiggins (David) - Preface: Sameness and Substance", Wiggins
- "Wiggins (David) - Preface: Sameness and Substance Renewed", Wiggins
- "Zimmerman (Dean) - Bodily Resurrection: The Falling Elevator Model Revisited", Zimmerman
- The (rather bloated) categorised reading-list includes a lot of general material on causation A reading list should include some background, but (where not covered elsewhere) should be focused13 on items relevant to Personal Identity, so might start with:-
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Metaphysics and Mental Causation", Baker
- "Campbell (Scott) - Is Causation Necessary for What Matters in Survival?", Campbell, 2005
- "Crane (Tim) & Farkas (Katalin) - Causation: Introduction", Crane
- "Elliot (Robert) - Personal Identity And The Causal Continuity Requirement", Elliot, 1991
- "Faye (Jan) - Backward Causation", Faye
- "Butchvarov (Panayot) - Relations", Field
- "Funkhouser (Eric) - Metaphysics, Spring 2014", Funkhauser14
- "Hall (Ned) - Two Concepts of Causation", Hall
- "Hershenov (David) - The Memory Criterion and the Problem of Backward Causation", Hershenov, 2007
- "Hitchcock (Christopher) - Probabilistic Causation", Hitchcock
- "Kim (Jaegwon) - Lonely Souls: Causality and Substance Dualism", Kim, 2001
- "Luper (Steven) - Retroactive Harms and Wrongs", Luper
- "Marcus (Eric) - Mental causation in a physical world", Marcus
- "McGinn (Colin) - Conceptual Causation: Some Elementary Reflections", McGinn
- "Mellor (D.H.) - Causation and Time", Mellor
- "Menzies (Peter) - Counterfactual Theories of Causation", Menzies
- "Merricks (Trenton) - Mental Causation and Free Will", Merricks
- "Pietroski (Paul) - Causing Actions", Pietroski
- "Salmon (Wesley) - Causation", Salmon, 1992
- "Sosa (Ernest) & Tooley (Michael), Eds. - Causation", Sosa & Tooley, 1998
- "Swoyer (Chris) - Causation and Identity", Swoyer, 1984
- "Van Inwagen (Peter) - Free Will Remains a Mystery", Van Inwagen
- "Wegner (Daniel) - Precis and Peer Review of 'The Illusion of Conscious Will'", Wegener
- "Zimmerman (Dean) - Immanent Causation", Zimmerman, 1997
- "Zimmerman (Dean) - Temporal Parts and Supervenient Causation: The Incompatibility of Two Humean Doctrines", Zimmerman, 1998
- This is mostly a place-holder15.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (18/06/2018 23:25:26).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- If only a “non-updating” run has been made, the links are only one-way – ie. from the page of links to the objects that reference this Note by mentioning the appropriate key-word(s). The links are also only indicative, as they haven’t yet been confirmed as relevant.
- Once an updating run has been made, links are both ways, and links from this Notes page (from the “Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note” and “Summary of Note Links to this Page” sections) are to the “point of link” within the page rather than to the page generically. Links from the “links page” remain generic.
- There are two sorts of updating runs – for Notes and other Objects. The reason for this is that Notes are archived, and too many archived versions would be created if this process were repeatedly run.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
Footnote 13: I’ve been tempted – successfully – to include a few items that are probably not relevant in the lists.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
Footnote 14: See the Chapter on Causation, which reviews some papers in this list.
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