A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality
Perry (John)
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Summary

    This booklet is dealt with in detail in "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction", which I’m annotating exhaustively, so I’ll content myself here with lifting the introductory paragraph and the “Footnotes”, which give a flavour of what the dialogue is about.

Introductory Paragraph
    This is a record of conversations of Gretchen Weirob, a teacher of philosophy at a small mid-western college, and two of her friends. The conversations took place in her hospital room on the three nights before she died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Sam Miller is a chaplain and a long-time friend of Weirob's; Dave Cohen is a former student of hers.

Footnotes
  1. THE FIRST NIGHT:
  2. THE SECOND NIGHT:
    • The arguments against the view that personal identity consists in bodily identity are also suggested by Locke, as is the theory that memory is crucial.
    • The argument that the memory theory is circular was made by "Butler (Joseph) - Of Personal Identity" an Appendix to his Analogy of Religion, first published in 1736.
    • Locke's memory theory has been developed by a number of modern authors, including H. Paul Grice, Anthony Quinton and, in a different direction, Sydney Shoemaker.
    • The possibility of circumventing Butler's charge of circularity by an appeal to causation1 is noted in "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Persons and Their Pasts" (1970) and "Wiggins (David) - Identity & Spatio-temporal Continuity".
    • The "duplication argument" was apparently first used by the eighteenth-century freethinker, Antony Collins. Collins assumed that something like Locke's theory of personal identity was correct, and used the duplication argument to raise problems for the doctrine of immortality.
  3. THE THIRD NIGHT:



In-Page Footnotes ("Perry (John) - A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality")

Footnote 2:
BOOK COMMENT:

Hackett Publishing Company, Indianapolis, 1978



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