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Status: Personal Identity (Summary of Progress to Date)

(Text as at 18/12/2010 19:58:05)

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


This report initially covered progress prior to and during academic year 2007/8 at Birkbeck. “Year 1” is 2007/8, and was obviously intended to be followed by years 2-4. However, the lack of progress explains why this is not yet the case. It has now been updated with “Intermission Year 1”. I hope there will be no more than 2 further “Intermission Years”.

Intermission Year 1:


Year 1, Term 3:
  1. Supervision: 16th June1 2008.
  2. Reviewed2 "Fine (Kit) - A Counter-Example To Locke's Thesis", discussed at the above supervision.

Year 1, Term 2:
  1. Detailed term plan (not adhered to).
  2. Supervisions: 4th February3 and 18th February4 2008, 3rd March5 and 17th March6 2008.
  3. Wrote reviews of papers prerequisite to my draft chapter7 on “What are We?”
  4. Commenced reviewing
  5. Completed listening to "Kagan (Shelly) - Death: Course introduction".
  6. Somewhat irregular attendance at Birkbeck Research Seminars.

Year 1, Term 1:
  1. Supervisions: 28th September19, 22nd October20, 12th November21 and 19th November22 2007.
  2. Essay23 on "Dennett (Daniel) - Conditions of Personhood" produced and reviewed24.
  3. Chapter-outline25 for my thesis drafted, reviewed26 and revised.
  4. Web-technology27 paper drafted and reviewed28.
  5. Regular attendance at Birkbeck Research Seminars. Some correspondence with fellow students.

Pre-registration preparation:
  1. Reading lists researched & papers / books obtained. I seem to have accumulated over 3,000 papers on the subject. Note that while a lot of these are held electronically, I’ve not made my copies available on the web (for copyright reasons).
  2. I have my collection of 1,400 philosophy books and 11,000 philosophy papers catalogued and the catalogue available on-line. Clearly I will not live long enough to look at more than a small fraction of these.
  3. Reading commenced. This is a bit of an understatement. My database informs me that I’ve read 407 papers or book-chapters on the subject. Unfortunately, any notes on these exist only as copious marginal annotations.
  4. Web-based Research infrastructure enabled. I cannot stress enough how important this is. My theory is that we have many conflicting intuitions about Personal Identity (and any other philosophical topic) and our positions in one area affect those elsewhere. So, being able to get one’s hands on all these assumptions and arguments at the click of a mouse is a huge advantage. This is now the way philosophy ought to be done. We don’t discuss philosophical questions any more in the agora, so we don’t write dialogues. We don’t need to communicate by letter, so there’s no need for papers. Of course, there are issues of volume and quality control. I expect to write a paper-generator in due course. But before all this, I’ll need the material to link to. That’s where the real philosophy starts.
  5. Abstracts for many papers obtained and incorporated into the database.
  6. Research proposal produced and used as a prototype for the metaphilosophical model I’ve developed.
  7. Application to Birkbeck made and successful.



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Summary of Note Links from this Page

Baillie - What Am I? Baker - What Am I? Brandom - Toward a Normative Pragmatics (Introduction) Chisholm - Which Physical Thing Am I? Daniel Dennett – Conditions of Personhood
Fine - A Counter-Example to Locke's Thesis Internet Technology and Philosophy Jen_070928 (Introductory) Jen_071022 (Dennett) Jen_071112 (Thesis Chapter Breakdown)
Jen_071119 (Web Technology) Jen_080204 (Brandom, Chisholm, Baillie) Jen_080218 (Olson) Jen_080303 (Olson, Baillie) Jen_080317 (Baker)
Jen_080616 (Fine) Olson - What Are We? Thesis - Chapter 02 (What are We?) Thesis - Outline  

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