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

    • 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.

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

Footnote 2:

Hackett Publishing Company, Indianapolis, 1978

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