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Personal Identity

Body

(Text as at 27/06/2011 18:57:36)

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


I intend to cover all somatic or corporeal identity-issues under this head, or under one of the two related Notes:-

I’ve not quite decided how the labour would be best distributed.

The "physical continuity" view of personal identity encompasses both the body and the brain3, with the latter being more important, so that physical continuity is satisfied by a BIV4. Somatic continuity is underplayed by philosophers who (while engaged in philosophy) focus more on mental predicates than would those less intellectually inclined. See "James (Susan) - Feminism in Philosophy of Mind: The Question of Personal Identity" and her objections to Williams’s and Quinton’s hasty avoidance of the somatic aspects of “body swapping5” – ie. where very different bodies are involved, especially of different sexes; also, the depersonalising effects of trauma.

However, there may be confusion here between two meanings of “what matters6”. Of course, it matters to the ballet dancer or heavyweight boxer that they are appropriately embodied, but this is beside the point as far as personal identity (in the logical sense) is concerned. It matters to me if I lose a leg, but I’m still the same person if I do (because I continue to have the same first-person perspective7 – it’s me that cares that I’ve lost my leg). That’s why the “Future Great Pain8 Test” ("Unger (Peter) - Identity, Consciousness and Value" / "Williams (Bernard) - The Self and the Future") is so useful – it focuses the mind on whether it will be me that survives9, even in the sad cases where I’d prefer it if it wasn’t.

This is mostly a place-holder10. As noted above, the segregation of books and papers between these three related Notes is currently somewhat arbitrary. Currently, the categorised reading-list on this topic is empty.



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Table of the Previous 3 Versions of this Note:

Date Length Title
18/12/2010 19:58:05 1523 Body
18/08/2009 20:39:50 1427 Body
12/08/2007 10:17:46 1366 Body



Note last updated Reading List for this Topic Parent Topic
27/06/2011 18:57:36 Body Bodily Continuity

Summary of Note Links from this Page

Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) Bodily Continuity Body Criterion Brain Brain State Transfer
Brains in Vats First-Person Perspective Future Great Pain Test Survival What Matters

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Summary of Note Links to this Page

Animalism Bodily Continuity, 2, 3 Brain Brain State Transfer Brains in Vats
Constitution View Counting Persons Fission Homo Sapiens Human Beings
Methuselah Ontology Organisms Physicalism Research - Proposal
Snowdon - The Self and Personal Identity Thesis - Chapter 02 (What are We?) Thesis - Chapter 06 (Animalism and Arguments for It) Thesis - Current Stance Thought Experiments
What are We?        

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Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note

Author Title Medium Extra Links Read?
Baker (Lynne Rudder) When Do Persons Begin and End? Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Dainton (Barry) Self: Philosophy In Transit: Prologue Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Olson (Eric) Animalism and the Remnant-Person Problem Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Olson (Eric) Life After Death and the Devastation of the Grave Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Olson (Eric) Psychology and Personal Identity Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Snowdon (Paul) The Self and Personal Identity Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Animalism Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Bodily Continuity Paper Medium Quality Abstract 2, 3 Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Body Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Brain Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Brain State Transfer Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Brains in Vats Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Constitution View Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Counting Persons Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Current Position Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Fission Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Homo Sapiens Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Human Beings Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Methuselah Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Ontology Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Organisms Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Physicalism Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Thought Experiments Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Zimmerman (Dean) Can We Survive Our Death? Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes



References & Reading List

Author Title Medium Source Read?
Baker (Lynne Rudder) Review of 'Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?' by Nancey Murphy Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006.08.03 (August 2006) Yes
Dreger (Alice) Intersex rights Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Aeon, 06 April, 2017 Yes
Ehrsson (H. Henrik) The Experimental Induction of Out-of-Body Experiences Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Science  24 Aug 2007: Vol. 317, Issue 5841, pp. 1048 No
Fricker (Miranda) & Hornsby (Jenifer), Eds. The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Bibliographical details to be supplied 2%
Hacker (P.M.S.) An Intellectual Entertainment - The Nature of the Mind Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person Yes
Hains (Brigid) & Hains (Paul) Aeon: C-F Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Low Quality Abstract Hains (Brigid) & Hains (Paul) - Aeon: C-F 26%
Hains (Brigid) & Hains (Paul) Aeon: L-P Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Low Quality Abstract Hains (Brigid) & Hains (Paul) - Aeon: L-P 27%
Hershenov (David) Organisms and their Bodies: Response to LaPorte Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Mind. 2009, 118:70. 803-809 17%
Hershenov (David) Review of Nancy Murphy's 'Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?' Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract Religious Studies, 43:2, June 2007, 237-242 Yes
James (Susan) Feminism in Philosophy of Mind: The Question of Personal Identity Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Fricker & Hornsby - The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy Yes
Lennon (Kathleen) Body Image and Bodily Imaginaries Paper - By Subtopic Birkbeck Philosophy Society, 21st January 2003 No
Macdonald (Cynthia) Mind-Body Identity and the Subjects of Events Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Philosophical Studies: Vol. 48, No. 1 (Jul., 1985), pp. 73-81 No
Medlock (Ben) The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines Paper - By Subtopic Aeon, 14 March, 2017 Yes
O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. Mind, Self and Person Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Low Quality Abstract O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person 34%
Phelps (Steven M.) Touched Paper - By Subtopic Aeon, 04 April, 2017 Yes
Shoemaker (Sydney) Self, Body, and Coincidence Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Supplement to the Proceedings of The Aristotelian Society, Vol. 73: 1999, 287-306 Yes
Snowdon (Paul) Philosophy and the Mind/Body Problem Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person Yes
Todman (Theo) Birkbeck Philosophy Society - 2002/2003 Programme Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Todman (Theo) - Birkbeck Philosophy Society - 2002/2003 Programme 2%
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Body Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Unger (Peter) Identity, Consciousness and Value Book - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Unger (Peter) - Identity, Consciousness and Value Yes
Wartofsky (Marx W.) Bodies, Body Parts, And Body Language: Reflections On Ontology And Personal Identity In Medical Practice Paper - By Subtopic H. T. Engelhardt, Jr. (ed.), The Philosophy of Medicine, 37-55, 2000 Kluwer Academic Publishers No
Williams (Bernard) Problems of the Self Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 55%
Williams (Bernard) The Self and the Future Paper - Cited High Quality Abstract Williams - Problems of the Self Yes



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