- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Metamorphosis1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
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- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 10/05/2018 10:07:41): Metamorphosis
- Metamorphosis involves a radical and fairly rapid – by comparison with “business as usual” growth and maturation – change of bodily form in the same4 individual5. Catastrophic injury doesn’t count.
- Tadpoles to frogs and caterpillars to butterflies are, in seems to me, different kinds of cases of metamorphosis. If there is anything it’s like to be a caterpillar or a tadpole, the caterpillar’s experience of metamorphosis will differ from that of the tadpole’s, as the caterpillar transforms into the butterfly via goo, whereas the tadpole’s metamorphosis into the frog is continuous6 with it remaining an active organism7.
- Presumably there’s no more a true metamorphosis in tadpole to frog than there is in fetus8 to neonate in humans and mammals generally? The difference between the maturation of a tadpole and fetus is simply the environment and food-source?
- If the account of Sortals9 is correct, metamorphosis involving a change of Ultimate Sortal is a logical impossibility (in the sense of the very same thing metamorphosing as in the frog to prince case). I suppose, in this last case, we might have the Ultimate Sortal as Organism10 of which Frog and Prince (or Human Being11) are Phase Sortals12, but then, what is an Ultimate Sortal in one context is a Phase Sortal in another. Is this an issue?
- How should the (supposed) case of bodily changing to be expected of Christian at Christ’s return be understood? In that case – see 1 Corinthians 15:5213 – rather than dying and being resurrected14 to a new body, the living body is “… changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump”. Is this a case of metamorphosis?
- "Bynum (Caroline) - Metamorphosis and Identity" is presumably the jumping-off point for this topic.
- For a page of Links15 to this Note, Click here. In the reading lists below, some of the items may only touch on this topic tangentially.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read16, include17 the following:-
- "Arnold (Keith) - The Subject of Radical Change", Arnold
- "Baillie (James) - What Am I?", Baillie
- "Baillie (James) - Identity, Survival, and Sortal Concepts", Baillie
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Big-Tent Metaphysics", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Reply to Olson", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Personal Identity Over Time", Baker
- "Gasser (Georg) - Personal Identity and Resurrection: Introduction", Gasser
- "Johnston (Mark) - Human Beings", Johnston
- "Kafka (Franz), Pasley (Malcolm) - Metamorphosis and Other Stories", Kafka
- "Kazez (Jean) - The Philosophical Parent: Asking the Hard Questions About Having and Raising Children", Kazez
- "Lockwood (Michael) - When Does a Life Begin?", Lockwood
- "Markosian (Ned) - Three Problems for Olson's Account of Personal Identity", Markosian
- "Olson (Eric) - Replies to Baker, Markosian & Zimmerman", Olson
- "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Immortality", Shoemaker
- "Wilson (Jack) - Beyond Horses and Oak Trees: A New Theory of Individuation for Living Entities", Wilson
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Bynum (Caroline) - Metamorphosis and Identity", Bynum
- "Price (Marjorie) - Identity Through Time", Price
- "Sacks (Oliver) - An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales", Sacks
- "Wexelblatt (Robert) - The Higher Parody: Ivan Ilych's Metamorphosis and the Death of Gregor Samsa", Wexelblatt18
- This is mostly a place-holder19.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (10/05/2018 10:07:41).
- 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.
- This begs the question somewhat!
- 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.
- 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.
- This may be an interesting comparison of two novellas, both germane to my thesis.
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