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Status: Thesis Dashboard (2017: September)

(Work In Progress: output at 21/09/2017 00:28:50)

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


Below is a table showing the indicative progress on my Thesis1, broken down by Chapter. More detail is given in footnotes. For a definition of the Tasks, follow this Link2.

ChapterTask 01Task 02Task 03Task 04Task 05Task 06Task 07Task 08Task 09Task 10Task 11Task 12
Chapter 013 (Introduction)CompleteCompleteCompleteCompleteStartedCompleteDrafted4  Complete5  
Chapter 026 (What are We?)CompleteStarted7Complete8CompleteStartedComplete9Drafted  Drafted  
Chapter 0310 (What is a Person?)CompleteIteration_1Complete      Started  
Chapter 0411 (Basic Metaphysical Issues)CompleteStarted12Complete      Drafted  
Chapter 0513 (Persistence and Time)CompleteIteration_114Complete      Started  
Chapter 0615 (Animalism and Arguments for It)CompleteStarted16Complete      Started  
Chapter 0717 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It)CompleteCompleteComplete      Started  
Chapter 0818 (Arguments against Animalism)CompleteCompleteComplete         
Chapter 0919 (Arguments against the Constitution View)CompleteCompleteComplete         
Chapter 1020 (Thought Experiments)CompleteComplete21Started22         
Chapter 1123 (Resurrection)CompleteCompleteComplete      Started  
Chapter 1224 (Conclusion)N/A25N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A



In-Page Footnotes:

Footnote 2: The definitions of the 12 tasks are a follows:-
  1. Determine which Notes that I have written are relevant to this Chapter.
  2. Fill out any Note-place-holders with whatever's in my head!
  3. Use the reading lists associated with these Notes to establish a limited reading list for the Chapter.
  4. Review whatever I've written, in whatever format, on the items in the derived reading lists, and make necessary cosmetic changes in the process of evaluating the items.
  5. Segregate this reading list into:-
    • Higher versus lower priority,
    • Read versus unread,
    • Annotated (by hand) versus unannotated
    • Those with an Abstract or Note Write-up versus those without
  6. Cull items that are unlikely to be addressed in the next two years and list them as specifically excluded. I may pick up on these at a later stage of the project, but in the short term the culling process will be essential for making across-the-board progress.
  7. Determine why the residue are important and relevant - if they are - and briefly document the reasons.
  8. Migrate any Book or Paper Abstracts that I have written (as distinct from copied from elsewhere) to Write-Up Notes.
  9. If the Book or Paper is important enough, migrate any hand-written annotations to a Write-Up Note, and complete any important incomplete Write-Up Notes.
  10. Write and maintain a Chapter Summary, motivating and summarising the Chapter. Use this to ensure I don't get side-tracked.
  11. Incorporate the key points of Write-Up Notes into the Topic Notes.
  12. Incorporate the highest level thoughts from the Topic Notes into the Main Text of the Chapter.
Footnote 4: Needs reviewing as part of the "culling" process.

Footnote 5: This is just the aggregate of the Chapter Abstracts

Footnote 7: Beings (Click here for Note) and Souls (Click here for Note) are a bit skimpy.

Footnote 8: Footnote 9: I probably need to be more rigorous in the culling of items on Selves and Souls.

Footnote 12: Relative Identity (Click here for Note), Vague Identity (Click here for Note), Contingent Identity (Click here for Note), Occasional Identity (Click here for Note) and Substance (Click here for Note) are seletal; Indeterminate Identity needs a Note.

Footnote 14: Time (Click here for Note), Persistence (Click here for Note) and Persistence Criteria (Click here for Note) are all rather skimpy.

Footnote 16: Thinking Animal Argument (Click here for Note) is skeletal and "Other Arguments For Animalism" requires a Note.

Footnote 21: Siliconisation (Click here for Note) is probably Unger's idea, but I seem to have lost the reference.

Footnote 22: Footnote 25: This Chapter is non-standard.


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Table of the Previous 4 Versions of this Note:

Date Length Title
05/04/2016 23:19:41 12346 Status: Thesis Dashboard (2016: March)
02/07/2015 23:12:29 12473 Status: Thesis Dashboard (2015: June)
07/10/2014 17:39:50 12058 Status: Thesis Dashboard (2014: September)
23/07/2014 23:08:10 11712 Status: Thesis Dashboard (2014: July)



Note last updated Reference for this Topic Parent Topic
21/09/2017 00:29:06 1024 (Status: Thesis Dashboard (2017: September)) Status: Summary (2017 - June)

Summary of Note Links from this Page

Contingent Identity Human Beings Occasional Identity Persistence Persistence Criteria
Relative Identity Siliconisation Souls Substance Thesis - Chapter 01 (Introduction)
Thesis - Chapter 02 (What are We?) Thesis - Chapter 03 (What is a Person?) Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues) Thesis - Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time) Thesis - Chapter 06 (Animalism and Arguments for It)
Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It) Thesis - Chapter 08 (Arguments against Animalism) Thesis - Chapter 09 (Arguments against the Constitution View) Thesis - Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments) Thesis - Chapter 11 (Resurrection)
Thesis - Chapter 12 (Conclusion) Thesis - Outline Thinking Animal Argument Time Vague Identity

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Summary of Note Links to this Page

Status: Personal Identity (2017 - June) Status: Summary Task List (2017: July - September) Thesis - Chapter 01 (Introduction) Thesis - Chapter 02 (What are We?) Thesis - Chapter 03 (What is a Person?)
Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues) Thesis - Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time) Thesis - Chapter 06 (Animalism and Arguments for It) Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It) Thesis - Chapter 08 (Arguments against Animalism)
Thesis - Chapter 09 (Arguments against the Constitution View) Thesis - Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments) Thesis - Chapter 11 (Resurrection) Website - Outstanding Developments (2017 - March)  

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