Does Identity Really Matter? Parfit vs Lewis
Butkovic (Ana)
Source: ResearchGate, 2010
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  1. In this paper we are dealing with the problem of personal identity.
  2. In the introductory part we will set forth the main problems and general positions within the debate.
  3. Next, we will introduce Parfit’s psychological approach to the criterion of personal identity, namely psychological continuity and connectedness, the R-relation, as well as Lewis’s four-dimensional account.
  4. The purpose of the paper is to critically consider Lewis’s proposal concerning the problem of personal identity, namely that what matters1 in survival is both identity and R-relation.
  5. We will try to show that offered argumentation does not successfully support his attempt to preserve identity in the problem cases.

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