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Write-up2 (as at 11/03/2018 20:19:41): Semantics
- I need to separate those issues in the topic of personal identity that turn on matters of fact, and those that just depend on the meaning of our words.
- Sometimes, it is not clear which of these options is the case.
- For instance, David Wiggins’s view (shared with many others) that we should use the term PERSON4 of individuals that belong to a kind5 whose typical members have certain capacities will allow us to use the term of individuals who don’t presently possess these capacities. Then, if we accord certain rights to PERSONs in this sense, we may act differently to those who only confer the title PERSON to those with present capacities.
- So, there is a practical difference. But is this generated only by confusion over words? If that is what we mean by PERSON, then should we not then say that not all PERSONs have the same rights, and introduce a new term “PERSON-Plus” all of whose exemplars do deserve the rights?
- This will depend on whether PERSON is a natural kind6 concept7, and whether this kind strictly relates to PERSON or PERSON-Plus.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read8, include9 the following:-
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- This is mostly a place-holder10. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (11/03/2018 20:19:41).
- 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.
- 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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