<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - What Matters (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_17907.htm">Thesis - What Matters</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_17907.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_108.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_108.htm">What Matters</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_P17907_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17907_2"></A></u> (as at 12/05/2018 14:16:48): What Matters</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17907_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17907_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li>This section will cover part of the discussion of <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_89.htm">Parfit</A><SUP>4</SUP> s claims that we can have what matters to us in <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_14.htm">survival</A><SUP>5</SUP> without the need for identity. That is, if the individual who follows on from us experiences good things or fulfils our projects, then provided that individual is sufficiently close to us, or those projects are sufficiently close to ours, we will have what matters to us even if that individual is not  strictly-speaking  us. </li><li>The situation envisaged is where the <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_12.htm">logic of identity</A><SUP>6</SUP>  maybe as a result of fission  means that it is logically impossible that we should survive some vicissitude. In those circumstances it s not mere quibbles over identity that matter to us, but those benefits that are usually concomitant with identity. </li><li>It seems obvious that our survival matters to us, or at least some of the benefits of surviving matter to us. If we don t survive, we can have none of those benefits of survival. Such questions come up in trying to explain why <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_67.htm">death</A><SUP>7</SUP> is bad for the one who dies. </li><li>However, the question has been raised that some people (eg. those contemplating suicide) don t want to <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_90.htm">persist</A><SUP>8</SUP>, so persistence doesn t matter to them. I think it does  persistence matters, though maybe persisting doesn t. What I mean is that whether they persist or not matters to persons, who can anticipate  in a good or bad light, accurately or not  the future. If things get too bad (or are perceived to be that way), it may be important to them that they don t persist. In the normal case, it s important that they do. Either way, persistence matters to them. </li><li>Where I differ from (an interpretation of) Parfit is that it s not just my projects that matter to me. If I had a worthwhile project and I died before completing it  but someone else completed it for me (like Mozart s <em>Requiem</em> or <a name="58"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_269.htm">Wittgenstein (Ludwig) - Philosophical Investigations</A>")  then  provided it was done competently  that would be a good thing. If this happened to all my outstanding projects, even those I d not started, that would be better. But it would not be as good as  or even the same thing as  my completing them myself. Sometimes the journey is as good as the arrival, and even where it isn t it is often an extra good. I would miss out. </li><li>Doubtless the source of the current debates on this topic, if they are still raging, is (relevant sections of) <a name="59"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_41.htm">Parfit (Derek) - Reasons and Persons</A>".</li><li>Parfit s last major work sounds as though it ought to be relevant, and I ve purchased the four volumes, including the volume of interactions, but it has more to do with ethics rather than personal identity, and I suspect life will be too short for me to engage with it:-<BR>&rarr; <a name="60"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6355.htm">Parfit (Derek) - On What Matters: Volume One</A>", <BR>&rarr; <a name="61"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6356.htm">Parfit (Derek) - On What Matters: Volume Two</A>", <BR>&rarr; <a name="62"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6551.htm">Singer (Peter), Ed. - Does Anything Really Matter? Essays on Parfit on Objectivity</A>", and<BR>&rarr; <a name="63"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6550.htm">Parfit (Derek) - On What Matters: Volume Three</A>"</li><li>For a page of <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17907_9">Links</A></U><SUB>9</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17907_9"></A> to this Note, <a href="Notes_108_Links.htm">Click here</a>.</li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17907_10">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>10</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17907_10"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17907_11">include</A></U><SUB>11</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17907_11"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="8"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4718.htm">Cassam (Quassim) - Parfit on Persons</A>", Cassam</li><li><a name="9"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_113.htm">Lewis (David) - Survival and Identity</A>", Lewis</li><li><a name="10"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3716.htm">Martin (Raymond) - Self Concern: Preface</A>", Martin</li><li><a name="11"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23102.htm">Martin (Raymond) - What really matters</A>", Martin</li><li><a name="12"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3963.htm">Noonan (Harold) - An Initial Survey</A>", Noonan</li><li><a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_18/Abstract_18372.htm">Olson (Eric) - Animalism and the Remnant-Person Problem</A>", Olson</li><li><a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3506.htm">Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal: Introduction</A>", Olson</li><li><a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_542.htm">Parfit (Derek) - Lewis, Perry, and What Matters</A>", Olson</li><li><a name="16"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3583.htm">Parfit (Derek) - Nagel's Brain</A>", Parfit</li><li><a name="17"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22152.htm">Parfit (Derek) - The Closest Continuer Schema</A>", Parfit</li><li><a name="18"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3574.htm">Parfit (Derek) - Why Our Identity is Not What Matters</A>", Parfit</li><li><a name="19"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_553.htm">Parfit (Derek) - Why Our Identity is Not What Matters (Excerpts)</A>", Parfit</li><li><a name="20"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_540.htm">Rey (Georges) - Survival</A>", Rey</li><li><a name="21"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_15/Abstract_15139.htm">Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Self-Regarding Ethics - Alternative Approaches</A>", Shoemaker</li><li><a name="22"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_16/Abstract_16542.htm">Thomas (Janice L.) - What matters for survival and the logical possibility of resurrection</A>", Thomas</li><li><a name="23"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20869.htm">Tobia (Kevin Patrick) - Personal Identity and the Phineas Gage Effect</A>", Tobia</li><li><a name="24"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3623.htm">Unger (Peter) - Fission and the Focus of One's Life</A>", Unger</li><li><a name="25"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3618.htm">Unger (Peter) - The Psychological Approach To Our Survival</A>", Unger</li><li><a name="26"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3622.htm">Unger (Peter) - What Matters In Our Survival: Distinctions, Compromises and Limits</A>", Unger</li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="27"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4968.htm">Agar (Nicholas) - Functionalism and Personal Identity</A>", Agar</li><li><a name="28"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3804.htm">Baillie (James) - Methodology Matters</A>", Baillie</li><li><a name="29"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4760.htm">Brueckner (Anthony) - Parfit On What Matters In Survival</A>", Brueckner</li><li><a name="30"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23365.htm">Butkovic (Ana) - Does Identity Really Matter? Parfit vs Lewis</A>", Butkovic</li><li><a name="31"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5100.htm">Campbell (Scott) - Could Your Life Have Been Different?</A>", Campbell</li><li><a name="32"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5101.htm">Campbell (Scott) - Is Causation Necessary for What Matters in Survival?</A>", Campbell</li><li><a name="33"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5076.htm">Campbell (Scott) - Is Connectedness Necessary to What Matters in Survival?</A>", Campbell</li><li><a name="34"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_09/Abstract_9313.htm">Campbell (Scott) - Rapid Psychological Change</A>", Campbell</li><li><a name="35"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_13/Abstract_13017.htm">Chappell (Tim), Chappell (Sophie Grace) - Reductionism about Persons; And What Matters</A>", Chappell</li><li><a name="36"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7578.htm">DeGrazia (David) - Identity, Killing, and the Boundaries of Our Existence</A>", DeGrazia</li><li><a name="37"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4130.htm">Dennett (Daniel) - Our Minds and Other Minds</A>", Dennett</li><li><a name="38"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20872.htm">Duncan-Jones (Austin) - Man's Mortality</A>", Duncan-Jones</li><li><a name="39"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20403.htm">Funkhouser (Eric) - Notes on Lewis,  Survival and Identity </A>", Funkhouser</li><li><a name="40"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4960.htm">Gendler (Tamar Szabo) - Personal Identity and Thought Experiments</A>", Gendler</li><li><a name="41"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20937.htm">Gillett (Grant) - Brain Bisection and Personal Identity</A>", Gillett</li><li><a name="42"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_09/Abstract_9531.htm">Hershenov (David) & Koch-Hershenov (Rose J.) - Personal identity and Purgatory</A>", Hershenov</li><li><a name="43"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4294.htm">Johnston (Mark) - Reasons and Reductionism</A>", Johnston</li><li><a name="44"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5656.htm">Martin (Raymond) - Memory, Connecting and What Matters In Survival</A>", Martin</li><li><a name="45"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23102.htm">Martin (Raymond) - What really matters</A>", Martin</li><li><a name="46"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6616.htm">Martin (Raymond), Barresi (John) & Giovannelli (Alessandro) - Fission Examples in 18th and Early 19th century Personal Identity Debate</A>", Martin Etc.</li><li><a name="47"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5224.htm">McCall (Catherine) - Parfit's Theory of Personal Identity</A>", McCall</li><li><a name="48"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7322.htm">Measor (Nicholas) - On What Matters in Survival</A>", Measor</li><li><a name="49"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20785.htm">Olson (Eric) - Self: Personal Identity</A>", Olson</li><li><a name="50"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_559.htm">Parfit (Derek) - The Unimportance of Identity</A>", Parfit</li><li><a name="51"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5049.htm">Roberts (Melinda) - Lewis's Theory Of Personal Identity</A>", Roberts</li><li><a name="52"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5125.htm">Sider (Ted) - All the World's a Stage</A>", Sider</li><li><a name="53"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5164.htm">Stone (Jim) - Parfit and the Buddha: Why There Are No People</A>", Stone</li><li><a name="54"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_16/Abstract_16819.htm">Stone (Jim) - Why there are still no people</A>", Stone</li><li><a name="55"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_11/PaperSummary_11504.htm">Vasiliou (Iakovos) - Reality, What Matters, and The Matrix</A>", Vasiliou</li><li><a name="56"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20873.htm">Velleman (David) - Identification and Identity</A>", Velleman</li><li><a name="57"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5174.htm">Wolf (Susan) - Self-Interest and Interest in Selves</A>", Wolf</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_P17907_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17907_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 (12/05/2018 14:16:48). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_108.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17907_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17907_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_P17907_9"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17907_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_P17907_10"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17907_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_P17907_11"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17907_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="2018-08-13T13:23" pubdate>13/08/2018 13:23:29</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>