Conditions of Identity
Brennan (Andrew)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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This book sets out a new theory of the unity of objects. The author introduces the reader to the central problems faced by philosophical accounts of identity, problems which can, to a large extent, be solved using the theory developed in the book. In his consideration of the vexed issue of personal identity, the author argues that in our everyday thinking about persons we merge radically different kinds of notions. He suggests that our assessment of sameness of person is not founded on any determinate concept of person. Many central topics in epistemology and metaphysics are addressed in the course of the book and the author provides an original examination of each: the nature of physical objects, the metaphysics of possible worlds, the meaning of continuity in space and time and the nature of philosophical theorizing itself. The book is written in non-technical language and so will be of interest to the non-specialist philosopher.


Chapters

  1. Identity and Discontinuity
  2. Metaphysical Problems
  3. Structure and Survival
  4. Identity and Discontinuity
  5. Stages, Sortals1, and Possible Worlds
  6. Structure and Stuff
  7. Similarity and Affordance
  8. Memories, Bodies, and Survival
  9. Amnesia and Other Problems
  10. Concepts of a Person



"Brennan (Andrew) - Conditions of Identity: Introduction"

Source: Brennan - Conditions of Identity, Introduction



"Brennan (Andrew) - Identity and Continuity"

Source: Brennan - Conditions of Identity, 1988, Chapter 1


Sections
  1. Identity and Similarity – 5
  2. Identity and Continuants – 10
  3. Continuity and Indiscernibility – 13
  4. Identity and Survival – 17
  5. Indeterminacy – 22
  6. Conditions of Survival – 23



"Brennan (Andrew) - Metaphysical Problems"

Source: Brennan - Conditions of Identity, 1988, Chapter 2


Sections
  1. The Chain Theory – 33
  2. Continuity – 37
  3. Problems with Spatio-Temporal Continuity – 40
  4. Kripke’s Disc – 45
  5. The Primitiveness of Identity – 51
  6. Continuity, Experience, and Unity – 58



"Brennan (Andrew) - Structure and Survival"

Source: Brennan - Conditions of Identity, 1988, Chapter 3


Sections
  1. The Eusa Problem – 62
  2. Telecloning – 65
  3. The Importance of Structure – 67
  4. Types and Tokens – 69
  5. Replication1 – 73
  6. Production and Copying Processes – 75
  7. Pseudomorphism – 80



"Brennan (Andrew) - Identity and Discontinuity"

Source: Brennan - Conditions of Identity, 1988, Chapter 4


Sections
  1. Preview – 84
  2. Three- and Four-Dimensional Views of the World – 85
  3. Episodic Objects and Continuity – 91
  4. Scattered Objects1 and Stages – 95
  5. Causation2 and the Humean – 99
  6. Minds, Radio Signals, and Doors – 107
  7. A Non-Mereological Solution – 109
  8. The 'Only x and y3' Principle – 114
  9. Bare Particulars – 120
  10. Daffodils – 125



"Brennan (Andrew) - Stages, Sortals, and Possible Worlds"

Source: Brennan - Conditions of Identity, 1988, Chapter 5


Sections
  1. Identity and Possible Worlds – 129
  2. Worlds and Times – 132
  3. Ontology – 134
  4. The Properties of Stages – 139
  5. Sortals1 and Recognition – 146
  6. Real Possibilities – 148
  7. Essence and Vagueness – 158
  8. Temporal Parts and the Necessity of Origin – 166



"Brennan (Andrew) - Structure and Stuff"

Source: Brennan - Conditions of Identity, 1988, Chapter 6


Sections
  1. Structure and Objects – 170
  2. Components – 178
  3. Structure and Function – 183
  4. Artefact Identity – 187
  5. Petrified Forests – 190
  6. Identity and Survival – 199
  7. Colour, Camouflage, and Other Distractions – 204



"Brennan (Andrew) - Similarity and Affordance"

Source: Brennan - Conditions of Identity, 1988, Chapter 7


Sections
  1. The Extensionalist Myth – 207
  2. Similarity – 212
  3. Critical Realism – 218
  4. City Blocks and Correlations – 221
  5. Similarity Circles – 228



"Brennan (Andrew) - Memories, Bodies, and Survival"

Source: Brennan - Conditions of Identity, 1988, Chapter 8


Sections
  1. The Plot So Far 237
  2. Persons and Natural Kinds1 – 239
  3. Memory and Identity – 245
  4. Criteria of Identity – 251
  5. Dualism and Reductionism – 255
  6. Fission – 262
  7. Bodies – 268
  8. Ownership – 276
  9. Strict and Philosophical Identity – 282
  10. Concepts of the Person – 289



"Brennan (Andrew) - Amnesia and Other Problems"

Source: Brennan - Conditions of Identity, 1988, Chapter 9


Sections
  1. Connectedness and Continuity – 292
  2. Amnesia – 296
  3. Why Amnesia is Not a Problem – 302
  4. Bodies Again – 307
  5. Sleep1 – 311
  6. Types and Tokens – 315
  7. Death, Dualism, and Value – 319



"Brennan (Andrew) - Concepts of a Person"

Source: Brennan - Conditions of Identity, 1988, Chapter 10


Sections
  1. Branches and Persons – 326
  2. Higher- and Lower-Level Concepts – 332
  3. Nagel’s Brain – 340
  4. Forensic Concepts of the Self – 345
  5. Prospects and Retrospects – 349



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