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Thesis - Current Position
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My own current views on the topic of Personal Identity, which are somewhat in tension, are:-
- That Olson is right that we are identical to human animals1 and that consequently no psychological continuity2 is necessary for our persistence3.
- That a human person falls under a phase sortal4 of the concept HUMAN ANIMAL.
- Nevertheless, that something critically important of us is lost with the cessation of psychological activity and that our first-person perspective5 is in some way vital.
- That if our first-person perspective could “hop” across or vacate6 bodies7 “we” would have survived. But, that this “hopping” is (nomologically) impossible as our first-person perspective is too tightly coupled to our physical brains8.
- That the difference between forward9 and backward psychological continuity is key.
- That any view that sees particular persons as logically prior to, and only temporarily constituted10 by, human animals is incorrect
- Nevertheless, that the “Thinking Animal” / “Too Many Minds” objection11 to the Constitution View is unsound and unnecessary.
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