- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Persistence Criteria1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Statistics" above.
Write-up2 (as at 03/09/2018 19:49:26): Persistence Criteria
- I will cover both persistence criteria and persistence conditions under this head.
- Maybe the former term (“criteria”) focuses on epistemology (how we know something has persisted) and the latter (“conditions”) on metaphysics (what it takes for something to persist).
- I suspect David Shoemaker – in "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Immortality" – of confusing the two (despite his explicit acknowledgement of the distinction) in his rejection of the soul criterion.
- In brief, the persistence conditions for an object of a particular kind4 are the necessary and sufficient conditions for it persist5, that is, to continue in existence.
- With respect to our6 persistence criteria, David Shoemaker considers the following possibilities:-
- Soul Criterion7
- Body Criterion8
- Memory Criterion9
- Brain10-based Memory Criterion
- Psychological Criterion11
- Biological Criterion12
- In this regard,
- The first four feature in "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Immortality".
- The final two in "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity, Rational Anticipation, and Self-Concern".
- In "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Self-Regarding Ethics - Alternative Approaches" Shoemaker considers two other alternatives:-
- Narrative Identity13, and
- Identity Doesn’t Matter14.
- Most of the work of this Note will probably be undertaken under the guise of pursuing the Notes above.
- This Note will also overlap to some extent with those on:-
→ Criteria of Identity15, and
- For a page of Links17 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on – or tangentially related to – this topic that I’ve actually read18, include19 the following items, which will also feature in the Note on Persistence20:-
- "Ayers (Michael R.) - Locke on 'Masses of Matter'", Ayers
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Precis of 'Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View'", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - The Ontological Status of Persons", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - The Very Idea of Constitution", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - When Do Persons Begin and End?", Baker
- "Blatti (Stephan) - Animalism and its Implications", Blatti
- "Blatti (Stephan) - Animalism Unburdened", Blatti
- "Coliva (Annalisa) - Review of Gasser & Stefan, Eds. - Personal Identity: Complex or Simple?", Coliva
- "Corcoran (Kevin) - Biology or Psychology? Human Persons and Personal Identity", Corcoran
- "Dainton (Barry) - Review of Eric Olson's 'The Human Animal: Personal Identity Without Psychology'", Dainton
- "DeGrazia (David) - Are we essentially persons? Olson, Baker, and a reply", DeGrazia
- "DeGrazia (David) - Human Identity and Bioethics: Introduction", DeGrazia
- "Gasser (Georg) - Personal Identity and Resurrection: Introduction", Gasser
- "Hawley (Katherine) - How Things Persist: Introduction", Hawley
- "Hershenov (David) - Do Dead Bodies Pose a Problem for Biological Approaches to Personal Identity", Hershenov
- "Hershenov (David) - Review of Nancy Murphy's 'Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?'", Hershenov
- "Mackie (David) - Personal Identity and Dead People", Mackie_D
- "Madden (Rory) - Human Persistence", Madden
- "Olson (Eric) - Are People Animals?", Olson
- "Olson (Eric) - Persistence", Olson
- "Olson (Eric) - Psychology and Personal Identity", Olson
- "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal: Introduction", Olson
- "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? The Question", Olson
- "Rosenkrantz (Gary) - Reflections on the Ontological Status of Persons", Rosenkrantz
- "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity, Rational Anticipation, and Self-Concern", Shoemaker_D
- "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Self, Body, and Coincidence", Shoemaker_S
- "Sider (Ted) - Review of Lynne Rudder Baker, Persons and Bodies", Sider
- "Snowdon (Paul) - Personal Identity and Brain Transplants", Snowdon
- "Van Inwagen (Peter) - Plantinga’s Replacement Argument", Van Inwagen
- "Wiggins (David) - On Being in the Same Place at the Same Time", Wiggins
- "Wilson (Jack) - Beyond Horses and Oak Trees: A New Theory of Individuation for Living Entities", Wilson
- "Wilson (Jack) - Personal Identity Naturalized: Our Bodies, Our Selves", Wilson
- "Zimmerman (Dean) - Bodily Resurrection: The Falling Elevator Model Revisited", Zimmerman
- Because of the overlap with so many other Notes, this Note has no reading list of its own, though it seems to have a small categorised reading list. Consequently, I’ve just listed those items I’ve actually read. Others may be added when I get further into the topic.
- This is mostly a place-holder21.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (03/09/2018 19:49:26).
- 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.
- 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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