<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - First-Person Perspective (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_17816.htm">Thesis - First-Person Perspective</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_17816.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_22.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_22.htm">First-Person Perspective</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_P17816_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17816_2"></A></u> (as at 13/02/2018 00:07:12): First-Person Perspective</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17816_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17816_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li>The concept of a  First-Person Perspective (FPP) is central to the <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_25.htm">Constitution View</A><SUP>4</SUP> of personal identity. </li><li>Just what this is needs spelling out  what does <a name="37"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Baker (Lynne Rudder).htm">Lynne Rudder Baker</A> think this is, and why does she think it so <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_8.htm">ontologically</A><SUP>5</SUP> important. She seems to be obsessed by the thought that beings that can contemplate their own <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_67.htm">deaths</A><SUP>6</SUP> are ontologically different. Why is it that this, rather than simply a phenomenally <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_61.htm">conscious</A><SUP>7</SUP> perspective, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17816_8">that counts</A></U><SUB>8</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17816_8"></A> as the ontological watershed? </li><li>We might instead posit another <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_93.htm">property</A><SUP>9</SUP>  that of consciousness of <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_98.htm">Self</A><SUP>10</SUP>  as the critical moment in the ontological ladder leading to persons. I suspect some philosophers of rigging the qualifications for personhood so that only <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_74.htm">human beings</A><SUP>11</SUP>  and maybe some others even more exalted (like God and angels)  qualify. Non-human <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_30.htm">animals</A><SUP>12</SUP> must be excluded to ensure the uniqueness and specialness of humans. </li><li>Also, can we really use this term to <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_764.htm">explain</A><SUP>13</SUP> personal identity, as  <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_9.htm">person</A><SUP>14</SUP> appears in it? If it s supposed to be elucidatory of personal identity, we seem to have a circle. </li><li>Really what s important  it seems to me  is that we have animals with certain properties that are important to them. We can t reify the property and make it a stand-alone thing, like the Cheshire Cat s smile. Nor can we assume without a lot of careful argument that this property can hop from one infrastructure to another  as in <a name="12"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1246.htm">uploading</A><SUP>15</SUP> or <a name="13"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_97.htm">resurrection</A><SUP>16</SUP>. </li><li>An argument I m fond of is that  despite whatever psychological differences there may be between me and my future self  I can both rationally anticipate his experiences and should display rational concern for his well-being. That is because we share the same  window on the world . Try out the <a name="14"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_940.htm">future great pain test</A><SUP>17</SUP> and see if I'm worried! Now is this  window on the world the same as a FPP? After all, it may be that my senile old self no longer qualifies as a person, though is phenomenally conscious, and I should be concerned for him whatever his ontological status; only the absence of phenomenal consciousness would remove all that <a name="15"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_108.htm">matters</A><SUP>18</SUP>. </li><li>In summary, I think the FPP is a useful concept, and represents our window on the world, and what matters to us in survival. But it is a property of a human animal, and that animal s <a name="16"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_90.htm">persistence</A><SUP>19</SUP> doesn t rest upon it. </li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17816_20">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>20</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17816_20"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17816_21">include</A></U><SUB>21</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17816_21"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="18"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21344.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Naturalism and the First-Person Perspective: What Is The Problem?</A>", Baker</li><li><a name="19"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3676.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - The First-Person Perspective</A>", Baker</li><li><a name="20"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_802.htm">Dennett (Daniel) - Where Am I?</A>", Dennett</li><li><a name="38"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6352.htm">Genova (Lisa) - Still Alice</A>", Genova</li><li><a name="21"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_262.htm">Johnston (Mark) - Human Beings</A>", Johnston</li><li><a name="22"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_15/Abstract_15140.htm">Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity, Rational Anticipation, and Self-Concern</A>", Shoemaker_D</li><li><a name="23"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_34.htm">Shoemaker (Sydney) - The First-Person Perspective</A>", Shoemaker_S</li><li><a name="24"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21052.htm">Zimmerman (Dean) - Does God Know Our First-Person Perspectives?</A>", Zimmerman</li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="25"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_634.htm">Anscombe (G.E.M.) - The First Person</A>", Anscombe</li><li><a name="26"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22996.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Cartesianism and the First-Person Perspective</A>", Baker</li><li><a name="27"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21187.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Can Subjectivity be Naturalized?</A>", Baker</li><li><a name="28"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21204.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - First-Person Externalism</A>", Baker</li><li><a name="39"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6374.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Naturalism and the First-Person Perspective</A>", Baker</li><li><a name="29"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22993.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - The First-Person Perspective and its Relation to Cognitive Science</A>", Baker</li><li><a name="30"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperSummary_601.htm">Eilan (Naomi) - The First Person Perspective</A>", Eilan</li><li><a name="31"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_18/Abstract_18375.htm">Johnston (Mark) - 'Human Beings' Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal</A>", Johnston</li><li><a name="32"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23101.htm">Kolak (Daniel) - Room for a View: On the Metaphysical Subject of Personal Identity</A>", Kolak</li><li><a name="33"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21580.htm">Kripke (Saul) - The First Person</A>", Kripke</li><li><a name="40"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6403.htm">Metzinger (Thomas) - Being No One: The Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity</A>", Metzinger</li><li><a name="34"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23100.htm">Thomson (Garrett) - Counting subjects</A>", Thomson</li><li><a name="35"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_12/Abstract_12803.htm">Valberg (J.J.) - The Uses of the First Person</A>", Valberg</li><li><a name="36"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_12/Abstract_12804.htm">Valberg (J.J.) - What Makes First-Person Reference First Personal?</A>", Valberg</li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="17"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>22</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_P17816_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17816_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 (13/02/2018 00:07:12). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_22.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17816_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17816_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_P17816_8"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17816_8"><B>Footnote 8</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I suppose either both or neither might count ontologically. </li><li>Also, both might have enormous significance, yet not imply that an ontologically distinct entity had come on the scene. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P17816_20"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17816_20"><B>Footnote 20</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_P17816_21"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17816_21"><B>Footnote 21</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="2018-08-17T12:09" pubdate>17/08/2018 12:09:21</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>