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Personal Identity

Body Criterion

(Text as at 27/06/2011 18:57:36)

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


I intend this Note to cover just what it is that makes a body continue the same body over time. The two related Notes:-

… will cover more general issues, though I’ve not quite decided how the labour would be best distributed.

I will consider bodies as “lumps of matter” under this Note. For the persistence criteria of living bodies (Organisms3), see the Note on the Biological4 Criterion.

This Note will need to consider mereological5 matters – such as mereological essentialism – as far as they apply to bodies.

One of the troubling6 areas for animalism7 – the corpse problem – arises from the denial that I am identical to my “corpse to be”, and that when I die, a new item – my corpse8 – which is not identical to my pre-mortem body (which was an organism) because it has different persistence conditions9. This sudden popping into existence seems counter-intuitive – but otherwise there seem to be two items co-located pre-mortem – the organism and the body. Olson gets round the problem by denying the existence of “bodies” – but this isn’t very intuitive either.

This is mostly a place-holder10. As noted above, the segregation of books and papers between these three related Notes is currently somewhat arbitrary. Currently, the categorised reading-list on this topic is empty.



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Previous Version of this Note:

Date Length Title
25/05/2010 14:58:34 84 Body Criterion



Note last updated Reading List for this Topic Parent Topic
27/06/2011 18:57:36 Body Criterion Logic of Identity

Summary of Note Links from this Page

Animalism Animalism - Objections Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) Biological Criterion Bodily Continuity
Body Criterion Corpses Mereology Organisms Persistence Criteria

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Summary of Note Links to this Page

Biological View Bodily Continuity Body Body Criterion Functionalism
Snowdon - The Self and Personal Identity        

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Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note

Author Title Medium Extra Links Read?
Johnston (Mark) Is Heaven a Place We Can Get To? Paper High Quality Abstract    
Shoemaker (David) Personal Identity and Immortality Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Snowdon (Paul) The Self and Personal Identity Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Biological View Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Bodily Continuity Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Body Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Body Criterion Paper Medium Quality Abstract 2 Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Functionalism Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes



References & Reading List

Author Title Medium Source Read?
Johnston (Mark) Is Heaven a Place We Can Get To? Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Johnston (Mark) - Surviving Death, 2010 92%
Johnston (Mark) Surviving Death Book - Referencing (via Paper Referencing) Medium Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 20%
Shoemaker (David) Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction Book - Referencing (via Paper Referencing) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied Yes
Shoemaker (David) Personal Identity and Immortality Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction, 2009, Chapter 1 Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Body Criterion Paper - Referencing Medium Quality Abstract   Yes



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