<!DOCTYPE html><html lang="en"><head><meta charset="utf-8"><title>Printable Note - Status Reports - Status: Personal Identity (2018 - June) (Theo Todman's Web Page) </title><link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"></head> <P ALIGN="Center"><FONT Size = 3 FACE="Arial"><B><HR>Theo Todman's Web Page<HR><p>For Text Colour-conventions (at end of page): <A HREF="#ColourConventions">Click Here</a></p><U>Status Reports - Status: Personal Identity (2018 - June)</B></U></P> <P ALIGN="Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"> <B><U>Rationale for this Project</B></U><ul type="disc"><li>I am researching the subject of Personal Identity primarily because of its intrinsic interest and importance. It is really a sub-topic in my <a name="188"></a>Philosophy of Religion project, with its penultimate chapter considering the metaphysical possibility of resurrection. </li><li>While I m interested in the topic of my research in its own right, I think when I ve sorted it out a bit, and have something to say, I ll want to engage with other philosophers active in this field  and re-starting a PhD at Birkbeck or elsewhere might be the only effective way to do this. </li><li>While a PhD is not an end in itself, and certainly not the ultimate aim of my doing philosophy, it s still true that a PhD would 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.</li><li>The jumping-off point for my thesis is <a name="188"></a>here, and a progress dashboard is <a name="188"></a>here. Maybe a better place to find my current views is <a name="188"></a>here. </li></ul><BR><!-- FUNCTOR_ID=08 --> <B><U>Summary of Progress during April - June 2018</B></U><ol type="1"><li>I spent 265 hours in 2Q18 on this Project, or related work (903 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2017). That's 82% of the planned effort (96% YTD). Overall, 52% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 49% YTD) - as against 54% planned (46% YTD).<!-- FUNCTOR_END --></li><li>My planned effort was 25 hours / week: approximately what I d expect to put in to a part-time PhD. Unfortunately, unlike last quarter, I was nowhere near achieving it. However, most of the effort expended was on relevant items! </li><li>The main focus of the quarter was that I continued updating my Notes on Personal Identity. As noted last time, I ve decided to change my approach in the short term. Rather than spending ages researching the reading lists, I ll just list those books / papers on the relevant topic that I ve actually read, and supply brief text. As a second pass I ll use what I ve read to update that text. </li><li>The detailed list below reflects the Notes updated together with associated papers where I could be bothered to record time against these separately. </li><li>In addition:- <ul type="disc"><li>Completed reading <BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6719.htm">Dershowitz (Alan M.) - Genesis Of Justice</A>"<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6713.htm">Gawande (Atul) - Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End</A>"<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6699.htm">Harari (Yuval Noah) - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind</A>"<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6707.htm">Holloway (Richard) - Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life and Death</A>"<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6559.htm">Kazez (Jean) - The Philosophical Parent: Asking the Hard Questions About Having and Raising Children</A>"</li><li>Started reading:-<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5737.htm">Blackburn (Simon) - Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed</A>"<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6708.htm">Harari (Yuval Noah) - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow</A>"<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6705.htm">Updike (John) - Self-Consciousness</A>"</li></ul></li><li>Progress between reports can be obtained from the relevant section of my <a name="188"></a>Summary Task List. More detail follows:- </li></ol><!-- FUNCTOR_ID=01 --> <b><u>Thesis</u></b> (Total Hours = 229.75)<ol type="I"><li><b>Thesis - Reading / Writing</b> (Total Hours = 221.25)<ul type="disc"><li>Automatic Key-word Hyperlinking to Notes Project: Runs & Cross-checks (Write, 1.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20779.htm">Bailey (Andrew M.) - The Elimination Argument</A>" (Write, 0.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3803.htm">Baillie (James) - What Am I?</A>" (Write, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6711.htm">Baird (Robert M.) & Rosenbaum (Stuart E.), Eds. - The Ethics of Abortion: Pro-Life Vs. Pro-Choice</A>" (Write, 1.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5134.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Reply to Garrett</A>" (Write, 0.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5135.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Reply to Noonan</A>" (Write, 0.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_457.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Reply to Olson</A>" (Write, 0.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23295.htm">Booth (Katie) - What I learned about disability and infanticide from Peter Singer</A>" (Write, 0.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4735.htm">Carter (William) - Artifacts of Theseus: Fact and Fission</A>" (Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23378.htm">Casati (Roberto) & Varzi (Achille) - Holes</A>" (Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23361.htm">Clark (Andy) - Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence</A>" (Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5807.htm">DeGrazia (David) - Are we essentially persons? Olson, Baker, and a reply</A>" (Write, 3.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6709.htm">Eliot (Lise) - What's Going On in There?: How the Brain And Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life</A>" (Read / Write, 1.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23243.htm">Erickson (Mark) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs'</A>" (Read / Write, 2.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22478.htm">Finn (Suki) - Bun or bump?</A>" (Write, 2.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23376.htm">Finn (Suki) - Is a hole a real thing, or just a place where something isn t?</A>" (Read / Write, 2.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23298.htm">Frankish (Keith) - What do you really believe? Take the Truth-Demon Test</A>" (Read / Write, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23356.htm">Frankish (Keith) - Whatever you think, you don t necessarily know your own mind</A>" (Read / Write, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_458.htm">Garrett (Brian) - The Story of I: Some Comments on L.R.Baker 'Persons & Bodies'</A>" (Write, 1.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6713.htm">Gawande (Atul) - Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End</A>" (Read / Write, 11 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6723.htm">Gregg (Justin) - Are Dolphins Really Smart? The Mammal Behind the Myth</A>" (Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6708.htm">Harari (Yuval Noah) - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow</A>" (Read / Write, 6.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6699.htm">Harari (Yuval Noah) - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind</A>" (Read / Write, 15.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23360.htm">Hawthorne (John X.) - Are You Ready For The Cyborg Technology Coming In 2018?</A>" (Read / Write, 3 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21119.htm">Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia s Human Identity and Bioethics</A>" (Read, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6707.htm">Holloway (Richard) - Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life and Death</A>" (Read / Write, 7.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_14/Abstract_14535.htm">Hudson (Hud) - I am Not an Animal!</A>" (Write, 0.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22887.htm">Kazez (Jean) - Life Doesn't Begin at Conception</A>" (Write, 2.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6559.htm">Kazez (Jean) - The Philosophical Parent: Asking the Hard Questions About Having and Raising Children</A>" (Write, 7.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23349.htm">Koch (Cristof) - When Does Consciousness Arise in Human Babies?</A>" (Read / Write, 1.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_08/Abstract_8015.htm">Lewis (Hywel David) - Persons and Life After Death: Preface</A>" (Read / Write, 1.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_14/Abstract_14449.htm">Markosian (Ned) - Three Problems for Olson's Account of Personal Identity</A>" (Write, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_459.htm">Noonan (Harold) - Arguments Against Animalism: Comments on L.R.Baker 'Persons & Bodies'</A>" (Write, 3.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5120.htm">Olson (Eric) - Human Atoms</A>" (Write, 0.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_460.htm">Olson (Eric) - Thinking Animals and the Constitution View</A>" (Write, 1.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_12/Abstract_12010.htm">Olson (Eric) - What Are We? The Question</A>" (Write, 0.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_12/Abstract_12018.htm">Olson (Eric) - What Are We? What Now?</A>" (Write, 0.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21874.htm">Price (H.H.) - Motives for disbelief in life after death</A>" (Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23280.htm">Price (Huw), Cave (Stephen), Iida (Fumiya), Etc. - Preparing for the future: artificial intelligence and us: Part 1</A>" (Read, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23286.htm">Price (Huw), Cave (Stephen), Iida (Fumiya), Etc. - Preparing for the future: artificial intelligence and us: Part 2</A>" (Read, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6710.htm">Radest (Howard B.) - Biomedical Ethics: Humanist Perspectives</A>" (Write, 2 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23359.htm">Rini (Regina) - Abortion, Ultrasound, and Moral Persuasion</A>" (Read / Write, 0.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6718.htm">Rosner (Brian S.) - Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity</A>" (Read / Write, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23352.htm">Schechtman (Marya) - Personhood and Personal Identity</A>" (Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4531.htm">Shipley (G.J.) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs'</A>" (Read / Write, 2.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_15/Abstract_15141.htm">Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Immortality</A>" (Write, 1.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6717.htm">Spong (John Shelby) - Here I Stand</A>" (Write, 0.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23358.htm">Taylor (David E.) - A Minimal Characterization of Indeterminacy</A>" (Read / Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23301.htm">Tekin (Serife) - Self-evident</A>" (Read, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23350.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - 1 Corinthians: 15</A>" (Write, 1.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17763.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Androids</A>" (Write, 1.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17764.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Animalism</A>" (Write, 1.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17765.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Animalism - Objections</A>" (Write, 6.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17766.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Animalists</A>" (Write, 2.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20176.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Animation</A>" (Write, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17770.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Baker</A>" (Write, 2.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17772.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Biological View</A>" (Write, 1.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20366.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Brain Death</A>" (Write, 1.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17779.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Brain Transplants</A>" (Write, 4.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17780.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Brains in Vats</A>" (Write, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17783.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Causality</A>" (Write, 3.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20190.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Cerebrum</A>" (Write, 2 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17784.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Change</A>" (Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17786.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Clones</A>" (Write, 0.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17787.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Closest Continuer</A>" (Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17788.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Coincidence</A>" (Write, 0.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17789.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Commissurotomy</A>" (Write, 1.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22527.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Computers</A>" (Write, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17790.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Concepts</A>" (Write, 0.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17793.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Constitution</A>" (Write, 0.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17794.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Constitution View</A>" (Write, 2.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17802.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Cyborgs</A>" (Write, 1.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17803.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Death</A>" (Write, 3 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17807.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Dion and Theon</A>" (Write, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17808.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Disembodied Existence</A>" (Write, 1.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23351.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Human Animals</A>" (Write, 3.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17829.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Intermittent Objects</A>" (Write, 2.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_18/Abstract_18341.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Life After Death</A>" (Write, 6 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17841.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Metamorphosis</A>" (Write, 1.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17842.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Methuselah</A>" (Write, 1.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17848.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Nihilism</A>" (Write, 2.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17854.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Origins</A>" (Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17862.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Phase Sortals</A>" (Write, 1.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17867.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Psychological Continuity</A>" (Write, 4 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17880.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Scattered Objects</A>" (Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17882.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Self-Consciousness</A>" (Write, 1.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17884.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Ship of Theseus</A>" (Write, 4 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21945.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Sorites</A>" (Write, 3.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17887.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Sortals</A>" (Write, 2.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23321.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Supervenience</A>" (Write, 2.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17892.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Taking Persons Seriously</A>" (Write, 1.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17897.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Thinking Animal Argument</A>" (Write, 2.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17899.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Thought Experiments</A>" (Write, 4.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17901.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Transhumanism</A>" (Write, 2 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17902.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Transplants</A>" (Write, 3 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_19/Abstract_19970.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Universals</A>" (Write, 4.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22529.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Uploading</A>" (Write, 1.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17906.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Wantons</A>" (Write, 1.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23309.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - What Are We?</A>" (Write, 5.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17907.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - What Matters</A>" (Write, 2.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6705.htm">Updike (John) - Self-Consciousness</A>" (Read / Write, 4.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6127.htm">Velleman (David) - The Way of the Wanton</A>" (Read / Write, 1 hour)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23353.htm">Warnock (Mary) - Ethical challenges in embryo manipulation</A>" (Write, 0.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_14/Abstract_14788.htm">Wrangham (Richard) - Review of 'The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit' by Melvin Konner</A>" (Read / Write, 1 hour)</li></ul></li><li><b>Thesis - Discussions</b> (Total Hours = 0.75)<ul type="disc"><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6699.htm">Harari (Yuval Noah) - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind</A>" (0.5 hours)</li><li>Interaction - Discussions with Pete (0.25 hours)<br>&rarr; See "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17894.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Current Position</A>"</li></ul></li><li><b>Thesis - Research Repositioning</b><ul type="disc"><li>"<A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_09/PaperSummary_9508.htm">Admin - Thesis - Outline & Initial Research (April - June)</A>" (7.75 hours)</li></ul></li></ol><br><b><u>Thesis Background</u></b> (Total Hours = 30.75)<ol type="I"><li><b>Thesis Background - Reading / Writing</b> (Total Hours = 17.25)<ul type="disc"><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5737.htm">Blackburn (Simon) - Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed</A>" (Read / Write, 6.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_09/Abstract_9375.htm">Clifford (William K.) - The Ethics of Belief</A>" (Read / Write, 1.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6719.htm">Dershowitz (Alan M.) - Genesis Of Justice</A>" (Read, 5.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_09/Abstract_9376.htm">James (William) - The Will to Believe</A>" (Read / Write, 1.25 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6706.htm">Rosling (Hans) - Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World  and Why Things Are Better Than You Think</A>" (Read / Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23377.htm">Samuelson (Scott) - Suering, not just happiness, weighs in the utilitarian calculus</A>" (Read / Write, 0.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17771.htm">Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Biological Criterion</A>" (Write, 1 hour)</li></ul></li><li><b>Thesis Background - Books Admin</b> (Total Hours = 6.75)<ul type="disc"><li>"<A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_09/PaperSummary_9513.htm">Admin - Catalogue Papers and Books (including Abstract improvements)</A>" (3.75 hours)</li><li>Admin - Sort out - New Chest of Drawers & Filing Cabinet (3 hours)</li></ul></li><li><b>Thesis Background - Status</b> (Total Hours = 6.75)<ul type="disc"><li>18Q1 Status Reports (6 hours)</li><li>18Q2 Status Reports (0.75 hours)<br>&rarr; See "<A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_09/PaperSummary_9515.htm">Admin - Thesis Planning+Admin (April - June)</A>"</li></ul></li></ol><br><b><u>Thesis (Aeon)</u></b> (Total Hours = 4.5)<ul type="disc"><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22093.htm">Hains (Brigid) & Hains (Paul) - Aeon: A-B</A>" (Write, 2 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23369.htm">Rai (Tage) - How could they?</A>" (Read / Write, 1.75 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23311.htm">Sepkoski (David) - What a fossil revolution reveals about the history of  big data </A>" (Read, 0.5 hours)</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23312.htm">Smith (David Livingstone) - Why we love tyrants</A>" (Read, 0.25 hours)</li></ul><br><!-- FUNCTOR_END --><BR><B><U>Plans for the Near Future  Top Priority Tasks</B></U> <ul type="disc"><li>I now have a clear idea of what I want to do over the <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_518_6">current academic year</A></U><SUB>6</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_518_6"></A>, which is to <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_518_7">complete a skeleton thesis</A></U><SUB>7</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_518_7"></A> to my own satisfaction. As such I require rigorous focus on the priority tasks, books and papers. Lower-priority reading is not likely to get a look in, so will be cut. </li><li>First of all, continually review the Note describing my <a name="188"></a>Current Beliefs on the topic of Personal Identity, and ensure the associated Notes have some text. Let Sophie have a look at it, and consider submission to <em>Aeon</em>. </li><li>An  ideal next step (and one previously suggested) is to ensure that everything of relevance that I have actually read is written up and incorporated in my Notes database and only later  and secondly  consider anything that I have not yet read. This would require discipline, in that interesting new stuff is always turning up, and would be an iterative process. Further, given I m not getting any younger, it could also be wasting time which should be focussed on using the most relevant materials. </li><li>So, if what I ve read and written on  in the form of particular papers on a particular topic  is most relevant, I ll  process that, but otherwise will start anew. </li><li>As far as effort is concerned, I ve had to reduce the plan from <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_518_9">25 hours / week</A></U><SUB>9</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_518_9"></A> to 20 hours / week on account of the distractions noted elsewhere. </li><li>So, despite the above caveat, the primary tasks for the next quarter will be to complete a full review and update of the <A Href="../../../Notes/Notes_Jump_1.htm" TARGET = "_top">Notes</A> I ve created on Personal Identity, focusing on those directly referenced by my <a name="188"></a>Current Beliefs. </li><li>Following that, the focus (if you can call it that) will be on the following <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_518_11">bumper list</A></U><SUB>11</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_518_11"></A>:- <BR><!-- FUNCTOR_ID=09 --> <ol type="I"><li>Continue with my <a name="188"></a>Thesis; in particular fill out those sections that I can write something on without further research. Make progress on specific Chapters, using the materials below &rarr; </li><li><a name="188"></a>Chapter 2 (What Are We?). Focussing on:- <ol type="a"><li>Human Beings: "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_18/Abstract_18375.htm">Johnston (Mark) - 'Human Beings' Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal</A>".</li><li>Selves:- <ol type="i"><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6364.htm">Dainton (Barry) - Self: Philosophy In Transit</A>", </li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6361.htm">O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person</A>". </li></ol> </ol> </li><li><a name="188"></a>Chapter 5 (Persistence and Time). Focussing on:- <ol type="i"><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6536.htm">Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry</A>", </li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6558.htm">Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time</A>",</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6549.htm">Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity</A>",</li><li>Complete "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22647.htm">Lebens (Samuel) & Goldschmidt (Tyron) - The Promise of a New Past</A>", and send to <A HREF = "../../../Authors/B/Author_Botros (Sophie).htm">Sophie Botros</A> & <A HREF = "../../../Authors/A/Author_Alter (Michael J.).htm">Michael J. Alter</A>,</li><li>Complete running through relevant pages from <A HREF = "../../../Authors/D/Author_Doyle (Robert O.).htm">Robert O. Doyle</A>. </li></ol> </li><li><a name="188"></a>Chapter 6 (Animalism). Focussing on:- <ol type="i"><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_130.htm">Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology</A>", my core text, </li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_126.htm">Merricks (Trenton) - Objects and Persons</A>", </li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20779.htm">Bailey (Andrew M.) - The Elimination Argument</A>",</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20786.htm">Olson (Eric) - On Parfit's View That We Are Not Human Beings</A>",</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20707.htm">Olson (Eric) - The Metaphysical Implications of Conjoined Twining</A>",</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20787.htm">Olson (Eric) - The Role of the Brainstem in Personal Identity</A>",</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20427.htm">Shoemaker (Sydney) - Persons, Animals, and Identity</A>",</li><li>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6358.htm">Snowdon (Paul) - Persons, Animals, Ourselves</A>",</li><li>Review "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21119.htm">Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia s Human Identity and Bioethics</A>". </li><li>Review the work of <A HREF = "../../../Authors/K/Author_Kingma (Elselijn).htm">Elselijn Kingma</A>. </li></ol></li><li><a name="188"></a>Chapter 7 (The Constitution View):- <ol type="i"><li>Start a serious review of "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_66.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View</A>", my other core text. </li><li>Write up reviews of papers in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_03/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_3304.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder), Etc. - E-Symposium on 'Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View'</A>". </li><li>Read and review "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6335.htm">Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul</A>". </li><li>Write a Note on "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21957.htm">Loose (Jonathan) - Constitution and the Falling Elevator</A>". </li></ol></li><li><a name="188"></a>Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments):- <ol type="i"><li>Investigate <a name="188"></a>Transhumanism. </li><li>In particular, <ol type="a"><li>Briefly review "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6513.htm">O'Connell (Mark) - To be a Machine</A>", </li><li>Read "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6362.htm">Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies</A>", </li><li>Detailed review of "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22232.htm">Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun</A>",</li><li>Complete "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23314.htm">Midgley (Mary) - Biotechnology and Monstrosity: Why We Should Pay Attention to the 'Yuk Factor'</A>",</li><li>Complete review of "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4531.htm">Shipley (G.J.) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs'</A>". <BR></ol></li></ol></li><li><a name="188"></a>Chapter 11 (Resurrection):- <ol type="i"><li>Start a thorough review of "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6334.htm">Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death</A>",</li><li>Start a review of "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6337.htm">Luper (Steven), Ed. - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death</A>", especially<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_19/Abstract_19916.htm">Olson (Eric) - The Nature of People</A>",</li><li>Start a review of "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6517.htm">Bradley (Ben), Feldman (Fred) & Johansson (Jens) - The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death</A>", especially <BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21139.htm">Zimmerman (Dean) - Personal Identity and the Survival of Death</A>",</li><li>Read and review <BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7296.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Death and the Afterlife</A>", and<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_20/Abstract_20714.htm">Corcoran (Kevin) - Dualism, Materialism and the Problem of Post Mortem Survival</A>".</li><li>Write a file-note on "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23288.htm">Barua (Ankur) - Revisiting the Rationality of Reincarnation-Talk</A>". </li></ol></li><li>As background tasks:- <ol type="i"><li>Convert old <A Href="../../../PrecisCatalogSubTopic.htm" TARGET = "_top">PDF-prcis</A>, <a name="188"></a>Etc to Notes,</li><li>Complete cataloguing the books downloaded from Springer, </li><li>Continue with "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6289.htm">Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers</A>",</li><li>Complete reading:-<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5737.htm">Blackburn (Simon) - Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed</A>"<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6708.htm">Harari (Yuval Noah) - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow</A>"<BR>&rarr; "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6705.htm">Updike (John) - Self-Consciousness</A>"</li><li>Complete my Note on "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_22/Abstract_22835.htm">Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising</A>" and discuss with Pete & Mike. </li><li>Continue <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_518_21">reading and reviewing</A></U><SUB>21</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_518_21"></A> papers issued by <em>Aeon</em>, </li><li>Attend <A HREF = "../../../Authors/B/Author_Black (Oliver).htm">Oliver Black</A> s Salon,</li><li>Keep up with the Journals via <a name="188"></a>JSTOR & Cambridge Core. </li></ol> </li></ol><!-- FUNCTOR_END --></li></ul><BR><B><U>Summary of Progress to Date</B></U><BR><BR>This was hived off to a separate <a name="188"></a>Note back in 2010, and hasn t changed much since.<FONT COLOR = "000000"><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_518_6"></A><BR><BR><B>Footnote 6</B>: <ul type="disc"><li>Hopefully, I may complete, or get stuck, earlier. </li><li>By  current academic year , I mean the period ending on my 65th birthday  ie. 13/11/2018. </li><li>Previously, I ve remarked  This is not to slip! Unfortunately, the distractions on the problems with Coxes Farm mean that it will. </li><li>On the plus side, I m already much further advanced than would be expected of someone commencing a PhD. </li><li>On the minus side, I want to go into much greater depth, and have other projects on the go  most notably Music, Philosophy of Religion and my Web-tools project. </li><li>The reason for deferring to my 65th birthday is that this is when I get my State Pension. This may not be much, but it ll make a significant contribution towards the fees and expenses, which I can t currently afford.</li><li>Unfortunately, this is likely to be more than gobbled up by payments on whatever loan I eventually manage to obtain for Coxes Farm. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_518_7"></A><B>Footnote 7</B>: <ul type="disc"><li>This used to say  complete a thesis &  , which is obviously impossible, given that my idea of a thesis is way in excess of what is required. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_518_9"></A><B>Footnote 9</B>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is still ludicrously inadequate for what I want to achieve, but is what would be expected of a part-time research student. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_518_11"></A><B>Footnote 11</B>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is obviously far too long, and keeps getting items  carried forward tacked on to it. </li><li>Maybe I ll prune it next time. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_518_21"></A><B>Footnote 21</B>: <ul type="disc"><li>Try to keep up to date, but only read those that are strictly relevant  ignore the rest! </li><li>At present I have a relatively small reading-backlog, and a much larger reviewing-backlog. </li><li>Try to add a brief comment for each paper  maybe at the expense of reading the full text! </li></ul> <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "000000"></P><B>Note last updated:</B> 06/07/2018 18:56:10<BR> </P><HR> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><BR><P ALIGN="Left"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U></B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "000000">Black</FONT>: Printable Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018<LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</OL><hr><BR><a href = "../../../index.htm">Return to Home page</a><BR><B>Timestamp: 09/07/2018 12:16:01. 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