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Write-up2 (as at 17/08/2018 21:59:02): Scattered Objects
- The possibility of scattered objects is of fairly limited interest in the study of Personal Identity, though the topic is discussed passim in "Olson (Eric) - Immanent Causation and Life After Death", and also in my review4 of "Zimmerman (Dean) - Problems for Animalism".
- The concept features in the discussion of intermittent objects5 where – rather than admit of such things – an alternative is to allow the disassembled bicycle to be a scattered object.
- Another locus of interest is in certain medieval concepts of the resurrection of the body. If the body is gathered together again from its “dust”, then maybe it had continued to exist as a scattered object. The problem with this is that organisms don’t own their parts essentially, and they can be shared over time by a number of organisms (witness the old worry about cannibalism, and the counterfactual reply that the body “rejects” cannibalised flesh).
- A problem with allowing scattered objects is that it undermines our intuition that one of the things that grounds the persistence6 of material objects is spatio-temporal continuity7.
- Scattered objects arise perforce if we hold to mereological essentialism8, or allow that any gerrymandered object exists and has its parts essentially.
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- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read10, include11 the following:-
- "Ayers (Michael R.) - Locke on 'Masses of Matter'", Ayers
- "Cartwright (Richard) - Scattered Objects", Cartwright
- "Dennett (Daniel) - Where Am I?", Dennett
- "Olson (Eric) - Immanent Causation and Life After Death", Olson
- "Olson (Eric) - Why We Need Not Accept the Psychological Approach", Olson
- "Zimmerman (Dean) - Problems for Animalism", Zimmerman
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Brennan (Andrew) - Identity and Discontinuity", Brennan
- "Chisholm (Roderick) - Scattered Objects", Chisholm
- "Hershenov (David) - Scattered Artifacts", Hershenov
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