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Personal Identity

Physical Continuity

(Text as at 18/12/2010 19:58:05)

(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)


In addition to considering just what contiguity and causal1 conditions a physical object needs to satisfy in order to persist, I need to consider a jumble of related issues:

  1. Intermittent2 Objects: can things go in and out of existence? Does the disassembled bicycle still exist in a dispersed state?
  2. Mereology3: is the content of any disconnected region of spacetime a thing?
  3. What do decisions here have to say about the possibility of resurrection4 or reincarnation5? Is a physicalist able, even in principle, to allow the possibility of disembodied6 survival, resurrection or reincarnation, given the need for a continuing physical substance to which the individual is identical? Some Christians are physicalists, and Van Inwagen has (as a wild speculation - see "Van Inwagen (Peter) - The Possibility of Resurrection") God miraculously swapping out and preserving our corpses so he can resurrect the same individuals in due course. I need to consider (but expect to reject) such suggestions.

This is mostly a place-holder7. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list (if any).



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Table of the Previous 2 Versions of this Note:

Date Length Title
26/11/2007 23:25:26 1244 Physical Continuity
12/08/2007 10:17:46 1000 Physical Continuity



Note last updated Reading List for this Topic Parent Topic
18/12/2010 19:58:05 Physical Continuity Research - Proposal

Summary of Note Links from this Page

Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) Causality Disembodied Existence Intermittent Objects Mereology
Reincarnation Resurrection      

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Summary of Note Links to this Page

Bodily Continuity Continuity Duplication Intermittent Objects, 2 Physicalism
Research - Proposal Resurrection (Metaphysics). T1 Teletransportation Thesis - Current Stance  

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Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note

Author Title Medium Extra Links Read?
Olson (Eric) Psychology and Personal Identity Paper High Quality Abstract 2 Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Bodily Continuity Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Continuity Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Current Position Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Duplication Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Intermittent Objects Paper Medium Quality Abstract 2 Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Physical Continuity Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Physicalism Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Teletransportation Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes



References & Reading List

Author Title Medium Source Read?
Bermudez (Jose Luis) The Moral Significance of Birth Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Ethics, 106, No. 2, Jan., 1996, pp. 378-403 No
Brody (Baruch) Identity and Essence Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Medium Quality Abstract Brody (Baruch) - Identity and Essence No
Brody (Baruch) Implications Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Brody - Identity and Essence, 1980, Chapter 3 No
Coburn (Robert) Identity and Spatio-Temporal Continuity Paper - By Subtopic Munitz - Identity and Individuation, 1971, pp. 51-102 No
Kagan (Shelly) Death Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Medium Quality Abstract Kagan (Shelly) - Death Yes
Kagan (Shelly) Personal identity, Part II: The body theory and the personality theory Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Open Yale Courses, 2007 Yes
Merricks (Trenton) Against the Doctrine of Microphysical Supervenience Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract Mind - 107/425 (January 1998) Yes
Sainsbury (Mark), Ed. Mind - 107/425 (January 1998) Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Sainsbury (Mark), Ed. - Mind - 107/425 (January 1998) 10%
Strong (C.A.) Final Observations Paper - By Subtopic The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 38, No. 9. (Apr. 24, 1941), pp. 233-243 No
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Physical Continuity Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Van Inwagen (Peter) The Possibility of Resurrection Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract The International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Volume 9, 1978 33%
Wiggins (David) Identity & Spatio-temporal Continuity Book - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Wiggins (David) - Identity & Spatio-temporal Continuity 8%
Wiggins (David) Identity & Spatio-temporal Continuity: Introduction Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract Wiggins - Identity & Spatio-temporal Continuity, 1967, pp. vii-viii Yes
Wiggins (David) Identity & Spatio-temporal Continuity: Notes Paper - By Subtopic Wiggins - Identity & Spatio-temporal Continuity, 1967, pp. 65-78 No
Wiggins (David) Identity & Spatio-temporal Continuity: Part 4: Self, Body and Spatio-Temporal Continuity Paper - By Subtopic Wiggins - Identity & Spatio-temporal Continuity, 1967, pp. 43-58 No



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