I Am You: The Metaphysical Foundations for Global Ethics
Kolak (Daniel)
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Contents

    Preliminary Acknowledgments – xiii
  1. PERSONAL BORDERS – 1
    • 1.1 Individuation1, Identification, and Identity: Take One – 1
    • 1.2 Closed Individualism, Empty Individualism, and Open Individualism: The Three Views of Personal Identity – 6
    • 1.3 Philosophical Explanations – 22
    • 1.4 The Apparent Excluders of the Open Individual View Of Personal Identity – 24
    • 1.5 Dissolving Our Boundaries – 26
    • 1.6 Philosophy Without Proof – 30
    • 1.7 Isn’t Open Individualism Already Known to be False? – 35
    • 1.8 Consciousness and the Cosmic Towers: a Parable – 36
  2. BORDER CONTROL – 43
    • 2.1 Apparent Excluder (1): The Fact of Exclusive Conjoinment – 43
      • 2.1.1 Consciousness Explained: The Dream Analog As a Conceptual Boundary Dissolve of the Metaphysical Significance of the FEC Border – 47
        → 2.1.1.1 Consciousness Refined: The Dream Analog and I, The Subject-In-Itself – 51
      • 2.1.2 The Relata of the FEC Relation: Subject and Object, Three Caveats – 55
      • 2.1.3 World Boundaries and I, Take One; or, The One and the Many, Take Three: Letting the Nullteilig Out of Klein’s Bottle – 59
      • 2.1.4 The Causal Barrier – 60
    • 2.2 Apparent Excluder (2): Alter Subject Identification – 61
      • 2.2.1 The Epistemological Barrier – 62
      • 2.2.2 In Search of Zombies: Is FEC + ASI An Inter-Personal Boundary? – 63
      • 2.2.3 Dream Analog II: Can a Person Be the Subject of More Than One (Disjoint) Set of Experiences Simultaneously? – 67
        → 2.2.3.1 Arguing With Myself Over Everything and Nothing: Non-pathological Phrenic Amnesia, Shuffled Memories, and Multiphrenia – 72
        → 2.2.3.2 Askew Modalities2: Weak (Closed World) Nonlocality, Strong (Many Worlds) Nonlocality, and Ultra-Strong (Open World) Nonlocality – 75
        → 2.2.3.3 Time and Consciousness: Some Objections to Dream Analog II – 81
    • 2.3 Is the Dream Analog Self-Defeating? – 86
    • 2.4 The Problem of Other Persons: An Implication For the Problem of Other Minds – 88
    • 2.5 The Problem of Personal Non-Identity – 91
  3. PHYSIOLOGICAL BORDERS – 107
    • 3.1 Moving Beyond Subjective Experience – 109
    • 3.2 Apparent Excluder (3): The Physiological Border – 110
      • 3.2.1 Physiological vs. Psychological Individuation3 and Identification: Does Matter Matter? – 114
      • 3.2.2 The Physiological Substance Dissolve – 122
    • 3.3 The Persistence of Closed Individualism – 127
    • 3.4 Thought Experiments4 About Persons – 129
    • 3.5 The Contemporaneous Physiological Dissolve – 134
  4. NEUROLOGICAL BORDERS – 143
    • 4.1 The Bodily Dissolve – 143
    • 4.2 The Brain Dissolve – 144
    • 4.3 The Tie-Breaker Condition and The Closed Individual View – 155
    • 4.4 How Bizarre is Nozick’s Tie? – 160
    • 4.5 Can Two Different Brains Be the Same Person? – 163
  5. SPATIAL BORDERS – 168
    • 5.1 Can One Person Be Two Different Human Beings? – 168
    • 5.2 The Teletransporter – 174
    • 5.3 Apparent Excluder (4): The Spatial Border – 178
    • 5.4 Fission With Identity: Are You An Open Individual? – 181
  6. PSYCHOLOGICAL BORDERS – 196
    • 6.1 Apparent Excluder (5): The Psychological Boundary – 197
    • 6.2 Personas, Personalities, and the Subject, Take Zero: Borges Nor I – 199
    • 6.3 Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quartic Identification: The Fourfold ε/δ Manifold – 215
    • 6.4 The Subject, Take One: Freedom From the Self – 219
    • 6.5 The Subject, Take Two: Self and Other – 222
    • 6.6 The Subject, Take Three: Cogito, Ergo Quis Est? – 229
      • 6.6.1 Self-Consciousness5 Explained: The Intuition of Personal Identity (I Am I) – 230
      • 6.6.2 Self-Consciousness6 Liberated: Averroës Strikes Again for the First Time – 237
      • 6.6.3 The Self and I: Identity for Identity’s Sake 240
    • 6.7 Dissolving Our Selves: The Analysis and Synthesis of Multiple Personality Disorder7 – 245
      • 6.7.1 Personas, Personalities, and Selves: From a Metaphysical and Metapsychological Point of View – 252
      • 6.7.2 FEC, Emotions, and Metaphysical Reversal – 255
      • 6.7.3 Altering Ourselves Philosophically – 257
    • 6.8 The Memory Dissolve – 261
    • 6.9 The Physiological Border Retreat – 265
    • 6.10 The Omni Dissolve: Daniel Kolak Through Krishnamurti Becomes Ann-Margret – 268
    • 6.11 Apparent Excluder (6): The Unity of Consciousness Dissolve 276
  7. CAUSAL BORDERS – 299
    • 7.1 Apparent Excluder (7): The Causal Border – 299
    • 7.2 One Small Step For Personkind – 302
    • 7.3 The Causal Dissolve – 305
  8. METAPHYSICAL BORDERS – 317
    • 8.1 The Metaphysical Substance Border – 317
    • 8.2 The Soul Dissolve – 319
    • 8.3 Metaphysical Subjectivism – 322
    • 8.4 The Transcendent Illusion, the Transcendental Illusion, and the Third Copernican Revolution: A Brief History of Personal Metaphysics – 336
  9. IDENTITY BORDERS – 349
    • 9.1 The Identity Dissolve, or, Is Cessation of Identity Death? – 353
    • 9.2 Is Reductionism True? – 360
    • 9.3 What Parfit’s8 Combined Spectrum Argument Really Shows – 366
    • 9.4 Identity, Survival and What Really Matters – 370
  10. PHENOMENOLOGICAL BORDERS – 375
    • 10.1 The Lucid Dream Analog, the Intuition of Understanding, and the Paradox of the Dreaming Thinker – 377
    • 10.2 From a Phenomenological Point of View – 391
    • 10.3 The Phenomenal Self, the Phenomenal World and the Noumenal Subject: The Unspeakable Mode Of Being or, Silent No More – 396
    • 10.4 Sinn Beyond Borders – 412
    • 10.5 Quantum Phenomenology, Quantum Consciousness, and Phantom Identity – 423
    • 10.6 The Phenomenology of Survival and Identity: Empathy vs. Identity – 435
    • 10.7 Seeing Through Ourselves: Conceptually Extending the Borders of Experience – 439
    • 10.8 The Phenomenological Boundary – 445
    • 10.9 The Ghost in Hume’s Labyrinth and the Continuous Phenomenological Dissolve – 448
    • 10.10 Drawing Ourselves Phenomenologically: The Man Who Mistook Himself For the World – 452
    • 10.11 Drawing Ourselves (Temporally) In Phenomenal Time: Being In the Specious Present – 465
    • 10.12 Drawing Ourselves (Spatially) Within the Phenomenal World: The Localization of Nonlocality – 469
    • 10.13 The Phenomenological Black Hole At The Center Of the Third Copernican Revolution Revis(it)ed: Drawing Ourselves Into the Center of the World – 475
    • 10.14 Drawing Ourselves Into the One Multiperspectival Reality, Or Restoring the Suppressed Z-Coordinate to Gödel’s Universe: The Ultra (Open World) Nonlocality Interpretation of Personal Identity – 481
    • 10.15. Why Was Hume Not a Korsakoff? – 487
    • 10.16 Incarnation vs. Reincarnation – 489
    • 10.17 Dismembering Ourselves Through Our Remembering: Personal Identity, Multiple Incarnation and the Formal Phenomenological Analysis of Always, Never and Now – 493
  11. TRANSCENDENTAL BORDERS – 515
    • 11.1 Climbing Kant’s Ladder: From the Phenomenal Self to the Transcendental Subject – 515
    • 11.2 J.L. Mackie, Zeno Vendler, and I: The Wittgensteinian Vessel of Life, All Aboard! – 520
    • 11.3 The New and Improved Transcendental Deduction: Phenomenology’s Transcendental Subject and Brouwer’s Creating Subject As The Open Individualist Noumenal Subject – 523
    • 11.4 The Brains of Daniel Dennett and the Myth of Double Transduction: Transcendental Consciousness Exposed – 525
    • 11.5 What Is It Like To Be the Transcendental Subject? – 531
    • 11.6 Nagel’s Metaphysical Megalomania and the Subject Of the Universe: Playing the Wittgensteinian Game For Higher Stakes – 533
    • 11.7 Full Contact Philosophy: The Noumenal Touch – 538
      • 11.7.1 Dream Analog III – 538
  12. MORAL BORDERS – 552
    • 12.1 Morality and the Separateness of Persons: From Sidgwick to Parfit9 and Rawls – 552
    • 12.2 Open Individualism, Empty Individualism, and Utilitarianism: Learning to Live With Ourselves – 561
    • 12.3 And Justice For No One: Rawls vs. Utilitarianism – 566
    • 12.4 The Game of Life and the Mathematics of Morality – 571
      • 12.4.1 From the I Am You to the IMF: Open Metaphysical Capitalism – 573
    • 12.5 The Aboriginal Position and the Veil of Knowledge: From Misery to Happiness — Toward a New Moral Calculus – 574
    • 12.6 The Original Position and the Veil of Ignorance – 576
    • 12.7 The Primordial Position and the Veil of Wisdom – 578
    • 12.8 Noumenal Ethics and Freedom – 581
    • 12.9 The Third Copernican Revolution and the Breakdown Of Metaphysical and Metapsychological Philopathology – 586
    • 12.10 Improper Dysfunctionality: Why We Harm Ourselves – 598
    • 12.11 The Conclusion of This Chapter – 601
    APPENDIX A: LOGICAL BORDERS – 606
    APPENDIX B: SEMIOTIC BORDERS – 610
    References – 622
    Index (names and subjects) – 633

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