- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Causality1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
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Write-up2 (as at 10/04/2017 23:38:24): 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.
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Campbell (Scott) - Is Causation Necessary for What Matters in Survival?", Campbell, 2005
- "Elliot (Robert) - Personal Identity And The Causal Continuity Requirement", Elliott, 1991
- "Hershenov (David) - The Memory Criterion and the Problem of Backward Causation", Hershenov, 2007
- "Kim (Jaegwon) - Lonely Souls: Causality and Substance Dualism", Kim, 2001
- "Olson (Eric) - Immanent Causation and Life After Death", Olson, 2010
- "Salmon (Wesley) - Causation", Salmon, 1992
- "Sosa (Ernest) & Tooley (Michael), Eds. - Causation", Sosa+Tooley, 1998
- "Swoyer (Chris) - Causation and Identity", Swoyer, 1984
- "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-holder10. Currently, see the (rather bloated) categorised reading-list below.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (10/04/2017 23:38:24).
- 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.
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