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Personal Identity

Thesis - Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time)

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Abstract




Research Methodology


Chapter Introduction
  1. Any discussion of identity over time – of anything – needs to have some discussion of just what it is for something to persist, and what we take time to be.
  2. Additionally, as noted in the abstract, depending on our approach to time and persistence, some of the troubling thought experiments that worry us about the persistence of human persons are resolved, though we get nothing for nothing. As is usual in philosophy, a gain here is compensated for by a loss somewhere else. We need to determine these losses, and agree that they are “worth it”.
  3. Further text to be supplied.



Main Text
  1. To be supplied.



Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed4
  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. The references are segregated by sub-topic, as below, but there is much overlap.
  3. Time:
  4. Time Travel5:
  5. Modality / Possible Worlds7:
  6. Persistence:
  7. Survival9:
  8. Endurantism:
  9. Perdurantism:
  10. Exdurantism:
  11. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  12. 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. Further items beyond the items below are likely to be culled when I come to process them.



Links to Notes
  1. Time17,
  2. Time Travel18,
  3. Persistence19,
  4. Persistence Criteria20,
  5. Survival21,
  6. Endurantism22,
  7. Perdurantism23,
  8. Exdurantism24.



Final Remarks
  1. This is work in progress25.



In-Page Footnotes:

Footnote 4: Footnote 5: Footnote 6: And the rest of an interesting 2005 edition of The Monist.

Footnote 7: Footnote 8: This might also be useful for perdurantism, or for the logic of identity.

Footnote 9: Footnote 10: These three papers by Butterfield are very specialised, and this one is very long, and may be left to one side for now.

Footnote 11: This looks like an important paper, which rejects the “proofs” of 4D based on the “coincidence” TEs.

Footnote 12: Another important-looking paper, also against perdurantism, along similar lines to the above.

Footnote 13: Oderberg seems to be arguing that Perdurantism is an unwanted consequence of a common-sense notion of persistence.

Footnote 14: I’m not sure whether this belongs here, but it looks an interesting paper.

Footnote 15: I don’t have the paper!

Footnote 16: This is an ethical rather than metaphysical discussion.


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06/11/2014 10:13:26 6285 Thesis - Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time)
02/10/2014 17:12:29 5646 Thesis - Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time)
22/07/2014 22:23:31 4102 Thesis - Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time)



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Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) Endurantism Exdurantism Perdurantism Persistence
Persistence Criteria Status: Thesis Dashboard (2018: June) Survival Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues) Thesis - Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments)
Thesis - Method & Form Time Time Travel    

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Status: Thesis Dashboard (2018: June) Thesis - Chapter 01 (Introduction), 2, 3 Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues) Thesis - Outline  

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References & Reading List

Author Title Medium Source Read?
Armstrong (David) Identity Through Time Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Van Inwagen - Time and Cause, 1980, pp. 67-78 Yes
Baillie (James) Identity and Survival Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Baillie (James) - Problems in Personal Identity, 1993, Chapter 2 No
Baillie (James) Problems in Personal Identity Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Medium Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 66%
Baker (Lynne Rudder) The Metaphysics of Everyday Life: An Essay in Practical Realism Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 2%
Baker (Lynne Rudder) Three-dimensionalism defended Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Baker (Lynne) - The Metaphysics of Everyday Life: An Essay in Practical Realism, Chapter 10 No
Baker (Lynne Rudder) Time Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Baker (Lynne) - The Metaphysics of Everyday Life: An Essay in Practical Realism, Chapter 7 No
Barker (Stephen) & Dowe (Phil) Endurance is paradoxical Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Analysis 65.1, Jan 2005, p69-74, 6p No
Braddon-Mitchell (David) & West (Caroline) Temporal Phase Pluralism Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Jan2001, Vol. 62 Issue 1, p59, 25p No
Brennan (Andrew) Survival Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Synthese June 1984; 59: 339-362 No
Bruntrup (Godehard) 3.5-Dimensionalism and Survival: A Process Ontological Approach Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Gasser (Georg) - Personal Identity and Resurrection: How Do We Survive Our Death? 2010 22%
Butterfield (Jeremy) On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Website No
Butterfield (Jeremy) On the Persistence of Particles Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Website No
Butterfield (Jeremy) Spatial and Temporal Parts Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Philosophical Quarterly Jan 1985; 35.138, pp. 32-44 No
Campbell (Joseph Keim), O'Rourke (Michael) & Silverstein (Harry S.) Time and Identity Book - Cited Low Quality Abstract Campbell (Joseph Keim), O'Rourke (Michael) & Silverstein (Harry S.) - Time and Identity 10%
Chisholm (Roderick) Identity Through Possible Worlds: Some Questions Paper - Cited High Quality Abstract Nous, Vol. 1, No. 1, Mar., 1967, pp. 1-8 Yes
Coope (Ursula) Time for Aristotle: Physics IV. 10-14 Book - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Coope (Ursula) - Time for Aristotle: Physics IV. 10-14 2%
Corcoran (Kevin), Ed. Soul, Body and Survival: Essays on the Metaphysics of Human Persons Book - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Corcoran (Kevin), Ed. - Soul, Body and Survival: Essays on the Metaphysics of Human Persons 18%
Dowe (Phil) The Case for Time Travel Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Philosophy, Vol. 75, No. 293 (Jul., 2000), pp. 441-451 22%
Ehring (Douglas) Personal Identity and Time Travel Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Philosophical Studies, Vol. 52, No. 3 (Nov., 1987), pp. 427-433 Yes
Ehring (Douglas) Survival and Trivial Facts Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Analysis, vol. 47, 1987, pp. 50-54 No
Flew (Anthony) Merely Mortal? Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 3%
Flew (Anthony) Three Ways to Survival Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Flew - Merely Mortal? 2000, Chapter 1 No
Forrest (Peter) Endurance and Fatalism Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Metaphysica 7.2 (2006), pp. 73-82 No
Gasser (Georg), Ed. Personal Identity and Resurrection: How Do We Survive Our Death? Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Medium Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 90%
Gilmore (Cody) Time Travel, Coinciding Objects and Persistence Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Zimmerman (Dean), Ed. - Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: Volume 3 No
Grey (William) Troubles with Time Travel Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Philosophy, Jan 1999; 74(287): 55-70 Yes
Harris (John) The Survival Lottery Paper - Cited High Quality Abstract Philosophy, Vol. 50, No. 191 (Jan., 1975), pp. 81-87 No
Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne), Eds. Persistence : Contemporary Readings Book - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne), Eds. - Persistence : Contemporary Readings 38%
Hawley (Katherine) David Lewis on Persistence Paper - Cited High Quality Abstract St. Andrews' Website; forthcoming for Blackwell Companion to David Lewis, edited by Barry Loewer and Jonathan Schaffer 44%
Hawley (Katherine) How Things Persist Book - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Hawley (Katherine) - How Things Persist 8%
Hawley (Katherine) Parts and Stages Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Hawley - How Things Persist, Chapter 2 No
Hawley (Katherine) Persistence and Time Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Luper - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death, 2014, Chapter 3 13%
Hawthorne (John) Three-Dimensionalism Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Hawthorne - Metaphysical Essays, 2006, Chapter 5, pp. 85-109 No
Heller (Mark) The Ontology of Physical Objects: Four-Dimensional Hunks of Matter Book - Cited Low Quality Abstract Heller (Mark) - The Ontology of Physical Objects: Four-Dimensional Hunks of Matter 6%
Horwich (Paul) On Some Alleged Paradoxes of Time Travel Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 72, No. 14, Time, Cause, and Evidence (Aug. 14, 1975), pp. 432-444 No
Hudson (Hud) A Materialist Metaphysics of the Human Person Book - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Hudson (Hud) - A Materialist Metaphysics of the Human Person 3%
Hudson (Hud) The Metaphysics of Hyperspace Book - Cited Low Quality Abstract Hudson (Hud) - The Metaphysics of Hyperspace 10%
LePoidevin (Robin) Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time Book - Cited Medium Quality Abstract LePoidevin (Robin) - Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time 38%
LePoidevin (Robin) & MacBeath (Murray), Eds. The Philosophy of Time: Oxford Readings in Philosophy Book - Cited LePoidevin (Robin) & MacBeath (Murray), Eds. - The Philosophy of Time: Oxford Readings in Philosophy 9%
Lewis (David) Counterparts of Persons and Their Bodies Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Lewis - Philosophical Papers Volume I, Part 1: Ontology, Chapter 4 Yes
Lewis (David) On the Plurality of Worlds Book - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Lewis (David) - On the Plurality of Worlds 4%
Lewis (David) On the Plurality of Worlds (Selections) Paper - Cited High Quality Abstract Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne) - Persistence : Contemporary Readings Yes
Lewis (David) Philosophical Papers Volume I Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied Yes
Lewis (David) Philosophical Papers Volume II Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 21%
Lewis (David) Survival and Identity Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Lewis - Philosophical Papers Volume I, Part 1: Ontology, Chapter 5 Yes
Lewis (David) The Paradoxes of Time Travel Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Lewis - Philosophical Papers Volume II, Part 4: Counterfactuals and Time, Chapter 18 25%
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Loux (Michael), Ed. Metaphysics - Contemporary Readings Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 1%
Lowe (E.J.) Vagueness and Endurance Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Analysis 65.2, April 2005, pp. 104-112(9) No
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Mellor (D.H.) Real Time II Book - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Mellor (D.H.) - Real Time II 33%
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Oderberg (David) The Metaphysics of Identity Over Time Book - Cited Low Quality Abstract Oderberg (David) - The Metaphysics of Identity Over Time 4%
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Sider (Ted) All the World's a Stage Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne) - Persistence : Contemporary Readings 17%
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Sider (Ted) Persistence and Parthood Seminar Book - Cited Low Quality Abstract Sider (Ted) - Persistence and Parthood Seminar 4%
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Zimmerman (Dean) Temporal Parts and Supervenient Causation: The Incompatibility of Two Humean Doctrines Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 76: 265-288 No
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