<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Fusion (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_17821.htm">Thesis - Fusion</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_17821.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_34.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_34.htm">Fusion</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_P17821_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17821_2"></A></u> (as at 15/02/2018 22:00:29): Fusion</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17821_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17821_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li>Like <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_33.htm">Fission</A><SUP>4</SUP>, though to a lesser degree, Fusion is important in the philosophy of identity  especially of personal identity  in that it provides many <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiments</A><SUP>5</SUP> (TEs), and some real-life examples, that test out the various theories. </li><li>We need to consider the merger of the two <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_20.htm">psychologies</A><SUP>6</SUP>: Parfit thinks we might like to inherit some of the better characteristics of our partner, as in a marriage  but the creation of a single <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_61.htm">consciousness</A><SUP>7</SUP> from two seems difficult to conceive of (much more so than the creation of two consciousnesses from one, as in fission). Do we end up with a single <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_22.htm">first-person perspective</A><SUP>8</SUP>, or with two? This needs to be related to <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_86.htm">multiple personality disorder</A><SUP>9</SUP>. Also, consider <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_89.htm">Parfit s</A><SUP>10</SUP> seasonal people that alternately fission and fuse. How conceivable are these TEs? </li><li>We also need to consider physical as well as psychological fusions, as in the case of the <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_68.htm">dicephalus</A><SUP>11</SUP> and <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_763.htm">brain transplants</A><SUP>12</SUP>.</li><li>There may be some overlap between this note and those on <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_85.htm">Mereology</A><SUP>13</SUP>, and <a name="12"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_62.htm">Constitution</A><SUP>14</SUP>, which deal with the fusion of parts into a whole. </li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17821_15">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>15</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17821_15"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17821_16">include</A></U><SUB>16</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17821_16"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_08/Abstract_8899.htm">Hawley (Katherine) - Fission, Fusion and Intrinsic Facts</A>", Hawley</li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5679.htm">Hudson (Hud) - On Constitution and All-Fusions</A>", Hudson</li><li><a name="16"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3472.htm">Lowe (E.J.) - Identity Over Time and Change Of Composition</A>", Lowe</li><li><a name="17"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_18/Abstract_18378.htm">McGrath (Matthew) - Four-Dimensionalism and the Puzzles of Coincidence</A>", McGrath</li><li><a name="18"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_15/Abstract_15855.htm">McInerney (Peter K.) - Conceptions of Persons and Persons through Time</A>", McInerney</li><li><a name="19"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23003.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Issues of Composition</A>", Miller</li><li><a name="20"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_19/Abstract_19245.htm">Ord (Toby) - Implications of fission, fusion and teletransportation to a view of personal identity through psychological continuity</A>", Ord</li><li><a name="21"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22052.htm">Tanksley (Charley) - The Mereological Constancy Of Masses</A>", Tanksley</li><li><a name="22"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20899.htm">Wright (John) - Personal Identity, Fission and Time Travel</A>", Wright</li><li><a name="23"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3658.htm">Van Inwagen (Peter) - Composition As Identity</A>", Van Inwagen</li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="13"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>17</SUP>. </li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P17821_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17821_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 (15/02/2018 22:00:29). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_34.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17821_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17821_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_P17821_15"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17821_15"><B>Footnote 15</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_P17821_16"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17821_16"><B>Footnote 16</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 - 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