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Write-up2 (as at 14/07/2019 18:05:46): 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, include the following:-
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- This is mostly a place-holder18. 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 (14/07/2019 18:05:46).
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