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Parfit on Fission
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2009 (English)In: Philosophical Studies, ISSN 0031-8116, E-ISSN 1573-0883, Vol. 150, no 1, 21-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Derek Parfit famously defends a number of surprising views about “fission.” One is that, in such a scenario, it is indeterminate whether I have survived or not. Another is that the fission case shows that it does not matter, in itself, whether I survive or not. Most critics of the first view contend that fission makes me cease to exist. Most opponents of the second view contend that fission does not preserve everything that matters in ordinary survival. In this paper I shall provide a critique that does not rely on either of these contentions. There are other, interrelated reasons to reject Parfit’s defense of the two theses. In particular, the availability of the following view creates trouble for Parfit: I determinately survive fission, but it is indeterminate which fission product I am.

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2009. Vol. 150, no 1, 21-35 p.
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Personal identity, Parfit, Fission, What matters
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Practical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31680DOI: 10.1007/s11098-009-9393-7OAI: diva2:278158
Available from: 2009-11-24 Created: 2009-11-24 Last updated: 2010-12-14Bibliographically approved

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