- Roderick Chisholm has said that when we say of a physical thing that it is the same as, or identical with, a physical thing picked out as existing at some later time, we are using the expression 'the same as' or 'identical' in a 'loose and popular1 sense'; but when we say of a person existing at one time that he is the same as, or identical with, a person picked out as existing at a later time, we are using 'the same as' or 'identical' in a 'strict and philosophical sense2'.
- In this paper I shall argue that Chisholm is not successful in showing that there is a difference between personal identity and the identity of physical bodies in terms of the kinds of identity, or concept of identity involved.
- I will also point out some difficulties in Chisholm's distinction between the strict and loose senses of identity.
Footnote 2: Chisholm's views on this distinction have been published in the following:
- "Chisholm (Roderick) & Shoemaker (Sydney) - Symposium: The Loose and Popular and the Strict and Philosophical Senses of Identity", 1969;
- "Chisholm (Roderick) - Identity Through Time", 1970;
- "Chisholm (Roderick) - Problems of Identity", 1971.
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