- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Origins1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 29/04/2018 20:08:10): Origins
- I intend to address this topic in the various chapters of my thesis when I discuss what we are4. So, the aspect of “origins” I intend to focus on is our own origins, as individuals5.
- So, the relevant chapters would include:-
- Chapter 026 (What Are We?)
- Chapter 067 (Animalism and Arguments For It)
- Chapter 078 (The Constitution View and Arguments For It)
- Chapter 089 (Arguments Against Animalism)
- Chapter 0910 (Arguments Against The Constitution View)
- Thus, our origins – just when “we” came into existence – are closely tied up with whatever “we” are.
- So, an Animalist11 (who thinks that we are essentially animals12, rather than persons13, and for whom psychology is irrelevant to our identity) would insist that we come into existence earlier than would a supporter of the PV14, or of the CV15 (for whom a FPP16 is definitive of our identity). Our psychology – and particularly a psychology rich enough to qualify us as persons – comes into existence fairly late on in our development.
- For modal17 reasons, endurantists18 can’t have “us” coming into existence before the possibility of twinning is past, though perdurantists19 don’t have this worry.
- I would also like to discuss Kripke’s views on origins-essentialism.
- Metaphysically, I could not have been born other than from the particular egg-sperm combination from which I was born, and consequently
- Practically, I could not have been conceived other than at the time at which I was conceived.
- There are ethical ramifications in the context of abortion debates (and infanticide, for that matter), but I cannot pursue these in my Thesis.
- For a page of Links20 to this Note, Click here. Unfortunately, this list is too long – with too many false positives – to be useful.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read21, include22 the following:-
- "Kripke (Saul) - Naming and Necessity", Kripke
- "Lockwood (Michael) - When Does a Life Begin?", Lockwood
- "Reid (Jasper) - Kripke on Naming and Necessity (Course Notes)", Reid
- I don’t really have a study-list to hand. The reading lists of the above Chapters should be sufficient. However, it might include the following items on origins-essentialism:-
- "Barnett (David) - The Problem of Material Origins", Barnett
- "Gomez-Torrente (Mario) - Rigidity and Essentiality", Gomez-Torrente
- "Hughes (Christopher) - Necessity", Hughes
- "Noonan (Harold) - The Necessity of Origin", Noonan
- "Robertson (Teresa) & Forbes (Graeme) - Does the New Route Reach its Destination?", Robertson & Forbes
- "Rohrbaugh (Guy) & deRosset (Louis) - A New Route to the Necessity of Origin", Rohrbaugh & DeRosset
- "Rohrbaugh (Guy) & DeRosset (Louis) - Prevention, Independence, and Origin", Rohrbaugh & DeRosset
- "Salmon (Nathan) - Arguments for the Essentiality of Origin", Salmon
- "Scaltsas (Theodore) - Identity, Origin and Spatiotemporal Continuity", Scaltsas
- "Williamson (Timothy) - Necessary Existents", Williamson
- This is mostly a place-holder23.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (29/04/2018 20:08:10).
- 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.
- So, I will not be interested, under this head, in the origins of species or of the universe, interesting topics though these might be.
- 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.
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