- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Ontology1' 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): Ontology
- Ontology is the study of what exists.
- In the context of the philosophy of personal identity, ontological questions ask what persons4 really are.
- Maybe it’s best first of all to step back, with Locke5, and consider the sorts6 of thing that persist and establish the persistence conditions7 for these sorts:
→ human beings10.
- The ontological question is whether – with Locke – we should add persons to this list.
- Baker11 holds the view that when a person comes into existence, so does a new entity, of a new kind12. A world without persons would be ontologically impoverished.
- But is this so, or do existing entities simply gain new properties13?
- We must even (on certain definitions of PERSON) ask whether there are any14, or whether the term can be eliminated. See:-
→ "Unger (Peter) - Why There Are No People" and
→ "Unger (Peter) - I Do Not Exist".
- Since Unger’s sorites15 arguments eliminate all material entities with parts16, not just persons (though the elimination of persons on this account depends on the assumption that they are material entities with parts) I, along with the later Unger, wish to reject such conclusions.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read17, include18 the following:-
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- This is mostly a place-holder19. Currently, just see the enormously bloated 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.
- 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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