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Write-up2 (as at 14/07/2019 18:05:46): Unity of the Person
- I’m not quite clear on the purpose of this Note. It has – at the time of writing – a couple of links to it – from Fission4 and from Cartesian Ego5. However, …
- There’s a presumption in the philosophy of personal identity that the person6 is a single well-defined thing. This is probably a hang-over from the days of Cartesian Dualism or when it was assumed that each of us had an indivisible Soul7. And this, depending on what the referent of person is supposed to be, can seem (and maybe is) quite sensible.
- However this unity has been disputed – for instance in the different interpretations of PMD8:-
- Supporters of the PV9 argue that cases of PMD show that there can be multiple persons sharing the same body. This assumes that a person is some sort of well-integrated personality, no part of which is shut off from the rest (as is allegedly – though doubtfully – the case in MPD). So – on this view – each of the multiple personalities is deemed to be a separate person, and so (it is said) the person cannot be identical to the human being that houses it. Of course, any idea of integration ought to have gone out when Freud came in.
- However, animalists10 (and others) would argue that this is all a mis-description, and that all we have a fragmented self11 (as is implied – maybe – in the current terminology – Dissociative Identity Disorder), or some other cognitive disorder12 within a single human animal (to which the title “person” is properly addressed, they say, though only in the sense of a phase13 sortal).
- Lynne Rudder Baker14 – a proponent of the CV15 - claims (fairly plausibly) that each of us is individuated by a FPP16. In the case of fission17, she thinks (implausibly) that there would be a fact of the matter (somehow), as to which of the two fission products received your FPP. You would just know. Well, you wouldn’t18, unless there was continuity of consciousness.
- This intuition is referred to as the Unity Reaction in "Blackburn (Simon) - Has Kant Refuted Parfit?".
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read19, include the following:-
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- There is no categorised reading list for this Note. I will need to rely on material covered under the head of related Notes.
- This is mostly a place-holder20.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (14/07/2019 18:05:46).
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