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Write-up2 (as at 27/10/2018 19:52:19): Quasi-Memory
- In "Snowdon (Paul) - The Self and Personal Identity" (see Note4), Paul Snowdon attributes the establishment of the terminology to "Parfit (Derek) - How We Are Not What We Believe", pp. 219-23, and a major critique to "Wiggins (David) - Personal Identity".
- One problem with Locke’s memory theory of Personal Identity5 is that it is prima facie circular. A memory can properly only be had by the person who had the experience, so cannot be used to analyse “Person6”.
- However, “Quasi-” prefixes do not presuppose ownership.
- Snowdon puts it this way:-
- There is a causal linkage L linking a person’s memory to that person’s history.
- There is – we may suppose – a neural trace laid down at the time, and re-activated during an act of remembering.
- This trace might be transferred – again we may suppose – to some other subject by micro-surgery.
- This new subject thereby Q-remembers an event that he did not experience.
- So, since Q-remembering does not presuppose the identity of the person doing the Q-remembering with the person involved in the event Q-remembered, Q-predicates can without circularity be used to analyse personal identity in terms of psychological continuity and connectedness.
- Or so it is said.
- For a page of Links7 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read8, include9 the following:-
- "Coliva (Annalisa) - Review of Gasser & Stefan, Eds. - Personal Identity: Complex or Simple?", Coliva
- "Liao (S. Matthew) - The Organism View Defended", Liao
- "Noonan (Harold) - Quasi-Memory", Noonan
- "Olson (Eric) - Immanent Causation and Life After Death", Olson
- "Olson (Eric) - Psychology and Personal Identity", Olson
- "Parfit (Derek) - How We Are Not What We Believe", Parfit
- "Roache (Rebecca) - A Defence of Quasi-Memory", Roache
- "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Immortality", Shoemaker_D
- "Snowdon (Paul) - The Self and Personal Identity", Snowdon
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Baillie (James) - Aspects of Non-Reductionism", Baillie
- "Berglund (Stefan) - Problems of Reductive Personalism", Berglund
- "Bernecker (Sven) - Personal Identity and Memory", Bernecker
- "Collins (Arthur) - Personal Identity And Coherence Of Q-Memory", Collins
- "Funkhouser (Eric) - Notes on Shoemaker, 'Persons and their Pasts'", Funkhouser
- "Noonan (Harold) - Memory and Quasi-Memory", Noonan
- "Northoff (G.) - Are 'Q-Memories' Empirically Realistic? A Neurophilosophical Approach", Northoff
- "Puccetti (Roland) - Remembering the Past of Another", Puccetti
- "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Reply To Wiggins", Shoemaker_S
- "Wiggins (David) - Personal Identity", Wiggins
- "Wiggins (David) - Reply To Shoemaker", Wiggins
- "Wiggins (David) - Reply To Shoemaker's Reply", Wiggins
- This is mostly a place-holder10.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (27/10/2018 19:52:19).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
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