Theo Todman's Notes

Personal Identity Notes Jump Table

Note-Group Purpose: My “Personal Identity” Notes are those preliminary to the writing of my Thesis. In principle, there is one for each sub-topic, though new ones keep cropping up. Most of them are of the “Plug Note” variety – fairly random thoughts with a reading list. I’ve recently added the – usually skeletal – Chapters of my Thesis to the Jump Table. Comments on the papers in the reading lists don’t appear here – they appear either as Comments against the Books or Papers, or else as Write-Ups.

Click here for the explanation of the colouration in the table below.

Abbreviations Androids Animal Rights Animalism Animalism - Objections
Animalists Animals Animation Artifacts Baker
Biological Criterion Biological View Bodily Continuity Body Body Criterion
Brain Brain Criterion Brain Death Brain State Transfer Brain Transplants
Brains in Vats Buddhism Cartesian Ego Causality Cerebrum
Change Chimera Christian Materialism Clinical Observations Clones
Closest Continuer Coincidence Commissurotomy Computers Concepts
Connectedness vs Continuity Consciousness Constitution Constitution View Constitution View - Objections
Contingent Identity Continuity Convention Corpses Counting Persons
Criteria of Identity Cyborgs Death Degrees of Personhood Descartes - Real Distinction
Dicephalus Dion and Theon Disembodied Existence Dualism Duplication
Embryo Endurantism Essentialism Exdurantism Existence
Explanation Fetuses First-Person Perspective Fission Forensic Property
Free Will Functionalism Fusion Future Great Pain Test General Surveys
Homo Sapiens Human Beings Human Persons Hume Hylomorphism
I Immortality Individual Intermittent Objects Interregnum
Ivan Ilych Kant Kinds Language of Thought Leibniz
Lewis Life Life After Death Locke Logic of Identity
Makropulos Case Matter Memory Mereology Metamorphosis
Methuselah Mind Modality Multiple Personality Disorder Narrative Identity
Natural Kinds Naturalism Near Death Experiences Nihilism Non-Human Persons
Numerical Identity Occasional Identity Olson Ontology Organisms
Origins Out of Body Experiences Parfit Perdurantism Persistence
Persistence Criteria Persistent Vegetative State Person Personality Phase Sortals
Physical Continuity Physicalism Pregnancy Probability Problem of the Many
Properties Psychological Continuity Psychological Continuity - Forward Psychological Criterion Psychological View
Psychology Psychopathology Quasi-Memory Reductionism Reduplication Objections
Reincarnation Relative Identity Religion Replication Research - Proposal
Resurrection Scattered Objects Self Self-Consciousness Semantics
Ship of Theseus Siliconisation Similarity Simple View Sleep
Sorites Sortals Soul Criterion Souls Statue and the Clay
Substance Survival Taking Persons Seriously Teletransportation Temporary Intrinsics
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 - Current Stance Thesis - Later Reading Thesis - Method & Form
Thesis - Outline Thesis - References Thinking Animal Argument Thisness (Haecceity) Thought Experiments
Tibbles the Cat Time Time Travel Transhumanism Transplants
Twinning Unity of the Person Universals Uploading Vague Identity
Vagueness Wantons What are We? What Matters Wiggins
Wittgenstein Zombies Zygote . .

To access information, click on one of the links in the table above (if any).

See the list below for concatenated versions of all my Notes, broken down by category:-

  1. Animadversions (Out of Date by 12 days)
  2. Birkbeck Supervisions
  3. Blog
  4. Control Pages
  5. Essays
  6. Personal Identity (Out of Date by 7 days)
  7. Status Reports (Out of Date by 12 days)
  8. Website Documentation (Out of Date by 2 days)
  9. Write-ups

Note Qualities: for an explanation of the colouration in the table above, see the table below! "Note Quality" is a new feature, is somewhat experimental, and subject to checking and refinement.

None Specified  
High Quality Note quality relates both to its intrinsic – albeit subjective – quality, and to its completeness and / or length. I’ll try to refine this over time. Also, as I only have 3 levels, it is relative. It is supposed to tell the reader whether it’s worth clicking and reading, and to remind me of work yet to be done! So, “High Quality” Notes are the best I’ve got – usually long and complete and – hopefully – worth reading. 
High Quality - PDF As above, but currently existing only as pdfs, awaiting conversion to Note format. As this is a laborious task, it’s work in progress. Most of these pdfs were produced during my undergraduate days in 2000 – 2003. 
Medium Quality “Medium Quality” Notes are usually those on which I’ve made significant progress but are still incomplete – being either still work in progress, or Notes that I got stuck on or bored with. Occasionally they are complete but short. 
Medium Quality - PDF As above, but currently existing only as pdfs, awaiting conversion to Note format. These were produced during my undergraduate days in 2000 – 2003, and were left incomplete because I ran out of time, or got bored or stuck. 
Low Quality “Low Quality” Notes are usually just place-holders, or Notes I’ve just started. 
Low Quality - PDF As above, but in pdf form. There shouldn't be any! 
Plug Note These may be quite extensive – particularly if they have worked-out reading lists – but usually contain the disclaimer: “A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis. As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.” 

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