<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Scattered Objects (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17880.htm">Thesis - Scattered Objects</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Todman (Theo).htm">Todman (Theo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: </th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17880.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_123.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_123.htm">Scattered Objects</A><SUP>1</SUP>' during my Thesis research, as from 2011. </li><li>For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><hr><br><B><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17880_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17880_2"></A></u> (as at 24/06/2018 16:32:10): Scattered Objects</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17880_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17880_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li>The possibility of scattered objects is of fairly limited interest in the study of Personal Identity, though the topic is discussed passim in <a name="8"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_18/Abstract_18989.htm">Olson (Eric) - Immanent Causation and Life After Death</A>", and also in my <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_838.htm">review</A><SUP>4</SUP> of <a name="9"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_14/Abstract_14450.htm">Zimmerman (Dean) - Problems for Animalism</A>". </li><li>The concept features in the discussion of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_78.htm">intermittent objects</A><SUP>5</SUP> where  rather than admit of such things  an alternative is to allow the disassembled bicycle to be a scattered object. </li><li>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). </li><li>A problem with allowing scattered objects is that it undermines our intuition that one of the things that grounds the <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_90.htm">persistence</A><SUP>6</SUP> of material objects is spatio-temporal <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_17.htm">continuity</A><SUP>7</SUP>. </li><li>Scattered objects arise perforce if we hold to mereological <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_70.htm">essentialism</A><SUP>8</SUP>, or allow that any gerrymandered object exists and has its parts essentially. </li><li>For a page of <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17880_9">Links</A></U><SUB>9</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17880_9"></A> to this Note, <a href="Notes_123_Links.htm">Click here</a>.</li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17880_10">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>10</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17880_10"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17880_11">include</A></U><SUB>11</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17880_11"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="10"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3954.htm">Ayers (Michael R.) - Locke on 'Masses of Matter'</A>", Ayers</li><li><a name="11"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4763.htm">Cartwright (Richard) - Scattered Objects</A>", Cartwright</li><li><a name="12"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_802.htm">Dennett (Daniel) - Where Am I?</A>", Dennett</li><li><a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_18/Abstract_18989.htm">Olson (Eric) - Immanent Causation and Life After Death</A>", Olson</li><li><a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3509.htm">Olson (Eric) - Why We Need Not Accept the Psychological Approach</A>", Olson</li><li><a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_14/Abstract_14450.htm">Zimmerman (Dean) - Problems for Animalism</A>", Zimmerman</li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="16"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3946.htm">Brennan (Andrew) - Identity and Discontinuity</A>", Brennan</li><li><a name="17"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6041.htm">Chisholm (Roderick) - Scattered Objects</A>", Chisholm</li><li><a name="18"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6701.htm">Hershenov (David) - Scattered Artifacts</A>", Hershenov</li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>12</SUP>. </li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P17880_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17880_2"><B>Footnote 2</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (24/06/2018 16:32:10). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_123.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17880_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17880_3"><B>Footnote 3</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>A number of my philosophical Notes are  promissory notes currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. </li><li>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.</li><li>As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. </li><li>The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17880_9"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17880_9"><B>Footnote 9</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>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. </li><li>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. </li><li>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. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P17880_10"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17880_10"><B>Footnote 10</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Frequently I ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note. </li><li>In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time. </li><li>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. </li><li>My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17880_11"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17880_11"><B>Footnote 11</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>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.</li><li>Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected. </li></ul> <FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-13T13:22" pubdate>13/08/2018 13:22:29</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>