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Status: Personal Identity (2008-January)

(Text as at 21/02/2008 14:52:48)

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Rationale for this Project

I am researching the subject of Personal Identity primarily because of its intrinsic interest and importance. It is really a sub-topic in my Philosophy of Religion project. Additionally, I hope to acquire a PhD in Philosophy from Birkbeck at the end of my research (or at least at an appropriate point within it). This PhD is neither an end in itself, nor the usual means to an end; I do not want a job in philosophy at the end of the course. It’s intended to teach me research techniques, provide focus and direction, and furnish a professional qualification should I want to publish any results in this or any other area of philosophy. Maybe the most important reason is to get feedback on my outpourings, for which I’m grateful for the forbearance of my Supervisor (Birkbeck: Jen Hornsby).


Summary of Progress during January 2008

January 2008 was my fourth month back at Birkbeck. Things have improved somewhat since last month. I attended two of the four graduate seminars and planned the completion of my first Thesis chapter.

Other items that have been addressed in January:-

  1. In support of the above plan, I wrote reviews of papers prerequisite to my draft chapter1 on “What are We?”
  2. Commenced Note5 on "Olson (Eric) - What Are We?".
  3. Commenced reading "Swinburne (Richard) - Personal Identity: The Dualist Theory".
  4. I continued listening to some lectures from Yale University, namely:-
  5. In connection with Kagan’s lectures I read (or commenced reading):
  6. Attended an interesting lecture of relevance to my thesis at the Birkbeck Philosophy Society: "Mellor (D.H.) - Micro-composition".

Time Divisions (Where, for “YTD” – Year to Date – the year commences in October 2007):

I spent 82 hours in January (336 hours YTD) on my Thesis or other Birkbeck-related work. The minimum requirement for a part time student is 20 hours / week, which would give 89 hours (351 hours YTD). Hence, my expended hours are a little low - 92% of expectation for the month (96% YTD). Moreover, of this 20 hours (143 hours YTD), or 24% (43% YTD) were spent on background activities. This means that only 62 hours (193 hours YTD) were spent on core activities. This is only 70% (55% YTD) of the minimum requirement.

The background activities include Book / Paper cataloguing, Aristotelian Society / Philos-List, Research Seminar preparation and attendance and General Admin and Status Reporting. This needs to come down, as only the Research Seminars are strictly necessary (or fall within the 20-hour / week expectation).


Priority Tasks for Immediate Progression
Items Outstanding for Fairly Immediate Progression
Some Tedious Tasks Outstanding

Summary of Progress to Date

… in reverse chronological order, by term.

Year 1, Term 2: See above.

Year 1, Term 1: Pre-registration preparation:



Live Version of this Archived Note

Date Length Title
19/01/2020 23:41:17 19639 Status: Personal Identity (2019 - December)


Table of the 6 Earlier Versions of this Note

Date Length Title
01/01/2008 14:57:07 8189 Status: Personal Identity (2007-December)
24/12/2007 22:04:48 8549 Status: Personal Identity (2007-November)
11/11/2007 13:00:29 6585 Status: Personal Identity (2007-October)
28/09/2007 13:00:29 6253 Status: Personal Identity (2007-September)
26/09/2007 20:41:17 4658 Status: Personal Identity (2007-June)
14/08/2007 11:24:00 3803 Status Reports


Table of 12 Later Versions of this Note (of 69)

Date Length Title
08/02/2009 17:26:53 8179 Status: Personal Identity (2009 - January)
06/01/2009 14:06:43 9766 Status: Personal Identity (2008-December)
26/12/2008 14:08:10 7092 Status: Personal Identity (2008-November)
19/11/2008 23:11:02 10860 Status: Personal Identity (2008-October)
02/10/2008 18:57:36 10211 Status: Personal Identity (2008-September)
21/09/2008 22:35:02 10002 Status: Personal Identity (2008-August)
11/08/2008 11:12:29 9547 Status: Personal Identity (2008-July)
18/07/2008 21:25:55 9836 Status: Personal Identity (2008-June)
04/07/2008 14:45:36 9816 Status: Personal Identity (2008-May)
21/05/2008 08:18:14 9795 Status: Personal Identity (2008-April)
07/04/2008 13:58:05 9911 Status: Personal Identity (2008-March)
12/03/2008 08:05:17 9664 Status: Personal Identity (2008-February)



This version updated Reference for this Topic Parent Topic
21/02/2008 14:52:48 518 (Status: Personal Identity (2008-January)) Status: Summary (2019 - December)



Summary of Notes Links from this Page

Baillie - What Am I? Brandom - Toward a Normative Pragmatics (Introduction) Chisholm - Which Physical Thing Am I? Daniel Dennett – Conditions of Personhood (2) Internet Technology and Philosophy
Jen_070928 Jen_071022 (2) Jen_071112 (2) Jen_071119 (2) Olson - What Are We?
Thesis - Outline What are We? (Essay) (2)      

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Status: Summary (2008-January)        

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