<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Hershenov (David) - Organisms and their Bodies: Response to LaPorte (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_21/PaperSummary_21097.htm">Organisms and their Bodies: Response to LaPorte</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/H/Author_Hershenov (David).htm">Hershenov (David)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Mind, Vol. 118, No. 471 (Jul., 2009), pp. 803-809</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21097.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperCitings_21097.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PapersToNotes_21097.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Abstract</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>I argue that a corpse cannot be identified with an earlier living body, because it acquires and retains parts in different ways. </li><li>Contrary to <a name="1"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23242.htm">LaPorte (Joseph) - On Two Reasons for Denying That Bodies Can Outlast Life</A>" maintains, there can be neither one principle of part-assimilation nor a non-disjunctive account of persistence conditions that can establish the identity of a living body and a later corpse. </li></ol></FONT><BR><u>Author s Introduction</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>LaPorte s objection to my first symmetry argument can probably be met by my restating the original argument in a clearer manner. He claims there really is not an asymmetry, or not a problematic one. Rather there is one symmetrical principle that explains the differences between live and dead bodies and this gives us no reason to deny their identity. </li><li>To become a part of the body something must be assimilated i.e., caught up in the life processes of the organism as a whole. LaPorte offers the general restriction on part replacement that  For a body before death or after, incorporation of new matter is possible just on condition of assimilation. Dead bodies do not assimilate so LaPorte concludes that  naturally there can be no part replacement after death even though there can be part replacement before death. </li><li>He suggests that there is nothing odd about something getting parts at one time and not at a later time and points out that a city might not be able to any longer extend its boundaries because of natural obstacles when it could earlier.</li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><ul type="disc"><li>Response to <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23242.htm">LaPorte (Joseph) - On Two Reasons for Denying That Bodies Can Outlast Life</A>". </li><li>See <a name="W2645W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~dh25/articles/OrganismsandtheirBodies-Mind.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>. </li></ul><BR><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><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</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="2018-08-02T09:31" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:31:52</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>