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Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues)

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Research Methodology

Links to Notes
  1. Logic of Identity3, including:-
    Contingent Identity4, and
    Indeterminate Identity5,
    Occasional Identity6.
    Relative Identity7,
    Vague Identity8.
  2. Criteria of Identity9,
  3. Does Identity Matter?10,
  4. Substance11,
  5. Sortals12,
    Phase Sortals13,
  6. Kinds14,
    Natural Kinds15,
  7. Others?
    → to be supplied as they come up.

Chapter Introduction
  1. I need to discuss the logic of identity, survival and persistence, and even whether identity matters in survival.
  2. Substances and sortals are central to the persistence of anything, and in particular to my claim that persons are phase sortals of human animals (the substances).
  3. The question of Natural Kinds arises in considering whether PERSON is a natural kind concept.
  4. Certain four-dimensional approaches to persistence do away with the substance concept, but I discuss this issue in the next Chapter.

Main Text
  1. The purpose of this chapter is to clarify my views on a number of logical and metaphysical issues that are central to the core of this Thesis.
  2. I will also consider Derek Parfit’s claim that “Identity is not what matters in survival” in this Chapter.
  3. The coverage in the Chapter itself will have to be very brief lest it consume the word-count for the entire thesis. Most information – and in particular the bulk of the justification for my views – will remain in the Notes.
  4. Three background issues, namely my views on:- are covered elsewhere (follow the links above).
  5. Other topics may be added as they arise.
  6. Further text to be supplied20.

Concluding Remarks
  1. In our next Chapter21, we need to consider further the question of Persistence and Time and how they impact on the topic of Personal Identity.
  2. This is work in progress22.

Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed23
  1. In this Chapter I will consider the following papers or book chapters (together with some others referenced by these). There are doubtless many more that are relevant and which will be addressed in the course of the thesis, but these are probably sufficient to get us going:-
  2. Basic Metaphysics24
  3. Logic of Identity (General)
  4. Relative Identity
  5. Vague Identity
  6. Indeterminate Identity
  7. Contingent Identity
  8. Occasional Identity
  9. Criteria of Identity
  10. Substances
  11. Sortals & Phase Sortals
  12. Kinds and Natural Kinds
  13. Metamorphosis30
  14. Does Identity Matter?
  15. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  16. The motivation for these works is as follows:-
    • To be supplied.

The Cut
  1. There had already been a lot of cutting in the various selections of the original reading list – the reading lists attached to the Notes run on and on – and these items just represent the works in my possession (though I have sought out all that I’ve heard of that look relevant).
  2. However, the items in the lists following were given some attention, and have been culled – at least temporarily – from the lists above, where they originally appeared. I’ve not always given a reason as I’ve not studied them sufficiently closely. But, you have to draw a line somewhere.
  3. I’m well aware that the cut has not been sufficiently rigorous. Some of the items above are likely to be culled when I come to process them, and will appear below.
  4. Items to be Supplied31.

In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 23: Footnote 24: There’s an endless amount of stuff in this area, so I’ve (for now) chosen a couple of contrasting approaches.

Footnote 25: Footnote 26: Footnote 27: I’m not sure where this book should be parked, and not all of it is relevant.

Footnote 28: I doubt this paper is really about Relative Identity, but more about Brain Transplants).

Footnote 29: Read the Synopsis below first.

Live Version of this Archived Note

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Table of the 6 Earlier Versions of this Note

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24/04/2018 00:12:58 7971 Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues)
05/04/2016 23:19:41 8235 Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues)
04/04/2015 00:17:17 8137 Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues)
06/11/2014 10:13:26 7955 Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues)
02/10/2014 17:12:29 6862 Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues)
22/07/2014 22:23:31 6060 Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues)

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18/04/2019 18:18:43 None available Thesis - Introduction

Summary of Notes Links from this Page

Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) (3) Contingent Identity Criteria of Identity Indeterminate Identity Kinds
Logic of Identity Metamorphosis (2) Natural Kinds Occasional Identity Phase Sortals
Relative Identity Sortals Status: Thesis Dashboard (2018: March) Substance Thesis - Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time) (2)
Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It) Thesis - Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments) Thesis - Method & Form Vague Identity What Matters

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Summary of Note Links to this Page

Occasional Identity Parfit, 2 Status: Personal Identity (2019 - December), 2 Status: Personal Identity (2019 - June), 2 Status: Personal Identity (2019 - September), 2
Status: Personal Identity (2020 - June), 2 Status: Personal Identity (2020 - March), 2 Status: Priority Task List (2019: December), 2 Status: Priority Task List (2019: June), 2 Status: Priority Task List (2019: September), 2
Status: Priority Task List (2020: June), 2 Status: Priority Task List (2020: March), 2 Status: Summary (2019 - December), 2 Status: Summary (2019 - June), 2 Status: Summary (2019 - September), 2
Status: Summary (2020 - June), 2 Status: Summary (2020 - March), 2 Substance, 2 Thesis - Chapter 01 (Introduction), 2 Thesis - Chapter 03 (What is a Person?), 2
Thesis - Introduction Vague Identity      

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