My Beginnings
Belshaw (Christopher)
Source: The Monist, Vol. 89, No. 3, Coming into Being and Passing Away (July 2006), pp. 371-389
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  1. Could I have had different parents? In practice, no, but in principle, yes. And could I have been born at a different time? Again, in practice, no, but in principle, yes.
  2. There are, perhaps, common-sense verdicts on such questions. But they go against what may be seen as some prevailing philosophical orthodoxies. I defend versions of the common-sense verdicts, and argue against the orthodoxies, here.
  3. These arguments are neither technical nor particularly complex. What I want to suggest here is that these rather ordinary questions are best answered by rather ordinary means.

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