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Personal identity, substantial change, and the significance of becoming

Otsuka, Michael (2018) Personal identity, substantial change, and the significance of becoming. Erkenntnis, 83 (6). pp. 1229-1243. ISSN 0165-0106

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10670-017-9938-7

Abstract

According to philosophers who ground your anticipation of future experiences in psychological continuity and connectedness, it is rational to anticipate the experiences of someone other than yourself, such as a self that is the product of fission or of replication. In this article, I concur that it is rational to anticipate the experiences of the product of fission while denying the rationality of anticipating the experiences of a replica. In defending my position, I offer the following explanation of why you have good reason to anticipate the experiences of your post-fission successor but not your replica: in the former case, you become (i.e., substantially change into) somebody else, whereas, in the latter case, you are merely replaced by somebody else.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/journal/10670
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2017 13:23
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 01:08
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84188

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