- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Numerical Idenity1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 11/03/2018 20:19:41): Numerical Identity
- This Note is really a sub-topic of that on the Logic of Identity4
- There is, however, an initial ambiguity that needs clearing up. To quote the Synopsis of "DeGrazia (David) - Human Identity and Bioethics":
- When philosophers address personal identity, they usually explore numerical identity: what are the criteria for a person's continuing existence?
- When non-philosophers address personal identity, they often have in mind narrative identity5: Which characteristics of a particular person are salient to her self-conception?
- DeGrazia explores both conceptions, and acknowledges a debt6 to Eric Olson for the former and Marya Schechtman for the latter.
- Anyway, numerical identity is the relation a thing holds to itself and to nothing else. The term “numerical” is used because we use the concept of numerical identity in counting things. Things picked out under different concepts are only counted once if they are numerically identical – if they are the very same thing. I may be a man, a person, a father, a grandfather, a student of philosophy but I’m only to be counted once.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read7, include8 the following:-
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- This is mostly a place-holder9. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (11/03/2018 20:19:41).
- 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.
- Not that Eric Olson is the inventor or even the primary exponent of the concept of numerical identity,
- Nor that Marya Schechtman is not a philosopher!
- 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.
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