On Parfit's View That We Are Not Human Beings
Olson (Eric)
Source: O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person, 2015: 39-56
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  1. Derek Parfit claims that we are not human beings. Rather, each of us is the part of a human being that thinks in the strictest sense. This is said to solve a number of difficult metaphysical problems.
  2. I argue that the view has metaphysical problems of its own, and is inconsistent with any psychological-continuity account of personal identity over time, including Parfit's own.

  1. The Narrow Criterion
  2. Peculiarities of the Narrow Criterion
  3. Why Parfit Thinks We’re Not Human Beings
  4. The Embedded-part View
  5. Thinking-subject Minimalism
  6. The Embodied-part View and Identity Over Time
  7. Functioning Brains
  8. Alternatives


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