<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Convention (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17798.htm">Thesis - Convention</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Todman (Theo).htm">Todman (Theo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: </th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17798.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_64.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_64.htm">Convention</A><SUP>1</SUP>' during my Thesis research, as from 2011. </li><li>For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><hr><br><B><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17798_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17798_2"></A></u> (as at 07/02/2018 09:57:36): Convention</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17798_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17798_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li>This Note will cover whether it is ever right to say that whether a thing persists or not is merely a matter of convention. </li><li>Because of the existence of a <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_22.htm">First Person Perspective</A><SUP>4</SUP>, it seems difficult to imagine in the case of persons, but it may be true of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_52.htm">artefacts</A><SUP>5</SUP>. </li><li>Issues arise with <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiments</A><SUP>6</SUP> that stretch the boundaries of our <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_23.htm">Concepts</A><SUP>7</SUP>, so that it might be argued that it is arbitrary whether an individual survives the vicissitude (maybe inadequately) described in the TE. </li><li>But, it might be argued, individuals falling under a <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">Natural Kind</A><SUP>8</SUP> concept persist or fail to do so irrespective of us, our language and our concepts. </li><li>If personhood is an honorific, rather than a natural kind concept, then whether an individual persists as a person might indeed be conventional  depending on our concept person. </li><li>But whether an individual persists as an <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_30.htm">animal</A><SUP>9</SUP> is not a matter of convention, though it might be subject to epistemological <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_122.htm">vagueness</A><SUP>10</SUP>. </li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17798_11">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>11</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17798_11"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17798_12">include</A></U><SUB>12</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17798_12"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li>Nothing, apparently!</li></ol></li><li>A reading list might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="10"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4990.htm">Braddon-Mitchell (David) & Miller (Kristie) - How To Be A Conventional Person</A>", Braddon-Mitchell & Miller</li><li><a name="11"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_11/PaperSummary_11677.htm">Hawthorne (John) - Plenitude, Convention, and Ontology</A>", Hawthorne</li><li><a name="12"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3557.htm">Heller (Mark) - Conventional Objects</A>", Hudson</li><li><a name="19"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1325.htm">Lewis (David) - Convention</A>", Lewis</li><li><a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23018.htm">Miller (Kristie) - 'Personal identity' minus the persons</A>", Miller</li><li><a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5532.htm">Sidelle (Alan) - Realism and Conventionalism</A>", Sidelle</li><li><a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5533.htm">Sidelle (Alan) - How to be a Modern-Day Conventionalist</A>", Sidelle</li><li><a name="16"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5534.htm">Sidelle (Alan) - Is it Possible to be a Modern-Day Conventionalist? Or, Responding to Some Technical Worries</A>", Sidelle</li><li><a name="17"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5535.htm">Sidelle (Alan) - The Case for Conventionalism and the Problem with Real Necessity</A>", Sidelle</li><li><a name="18"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5065.htm">Taliaferro (Charles) - Pollock's Body-Switching</A>", Taliaferro</li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>13</SUP>. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list. </li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P17798_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17798_2"><B>Footnote 2</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (07/02/2018 09:57:36). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_64.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17798_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17798_3"><B>Footnote 3</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>A number of my philosophical Notes are  promissory notes currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. </li><li>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.</li><li>As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. </li><li>The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17798_11"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17798_11"><B>Footnote 11</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Frequently I ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note. </li><li>In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time. </li><li>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. </li><li>My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17798_12"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17798_12"><B>Footnote 12</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>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.</li><li>Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected. </li></ul> <FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-17T12:08" pubdate>17/08/2018 12:08:45</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>