<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Catterson (Troy) - Introduction to Synthese Special Issue on Personal Identity (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_23/PaperSummary_23103.htm">Introduction to Synthese Special Issue on Personal Identity</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Catterson (Troy).htm">Catterson (Troy)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Synthese, Vol. 162, No. 3 (Jun., 2008), pp. 309-311</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23103.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Notes</u><ul type="disc"><li>Contributors  from all sides of the debate  both established and new names  are asked to submit their own work in the light of <a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6389.htm">Kolak (Daniel) - I Am You: The Metaphysical Foundations for Global Ethics</A>". </li><li>Catterson has made a contribution to the volume (<a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23099.htm">Catterson (Troy) - Changing the subject: on the subject of subjectivity</A>"), which betrays a stance  the <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1139.htm">simple view</A><SUP>1</SUP>  that may have biased his  take on the state of the debate, which is far from what I had taken it to be. </li><li>Catterson sees the sides in the debate as <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P23103_2">split between</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P23103_2"></A>:- <ol type="1"><li> <FONT COLOR = "800080">Those who claim there is no self, or that personal identity is at heart an empty question</FONT> , and</li><li> <FONT COLOR = "800080">Those who deny this claim and view the self as a substance that cannot be reduced to more basic ontological categories</FONT> . </li></ol> </li><li>Catterson claims that the issue is epistemological, which strikes me as a bit odd as he s just claimed it to be metaphysical. </li><li>The issue has to do with whether knowledge has to be objective, and that we must understand ourselves as part of nature that exists irrespective of us and our perspective on it. This seems the default stance, so any attack on it is important (if irritating). </li><li></li><li></li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P23103_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P23103_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is a rather pejorative way of describing those who adopt a <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_94.htm">reductionist</a> view of PID. </li><li>Hardly anyone takes the <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_87.htm">nihilist</a> view that  we don t exist . </li><li>What reductionists claim is that  we are most fundamentally something other than persons. </li><li>They  in general  would deny  I would have thought  that they adopted either of the stances predicated of them. </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><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="2018-08-02T10:02" pubdate>02/08/2018 10:02:52</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>