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10615 PHIl 101 Lecture Notes Personal Identity What makes me the same person over time What kinds of events can I survive What kinds of events can I not survive What am 1 Why care about personal identity 0 Bearer of emotions desires and pleasures 0 Personhood in law bearer of legal subject hood 0 Criminal amp ethical culpability 0 Theological relevance eg on afterlife Wanting to become a new person or stay the same person Identity 0 What does it mean for today s self to be t he same as tomorrow s self 0 Suppose you point to a child in an old class photograph and say Thats me what makes you that one rather than one of the others 0 Criteria of personal identity over time Qualitative Identity 0 You are qualitatively the same ie you have the same qualities 0 Ex A is identical to B means that A and B share all the same qualities 0 You will be qualitatively different now than you were a week ago Two different people 0 Flaw with this argument Having different music tastes means that you cannot be punished for earlier crimes Numerical Identity 0 There is just one self and we find it both today and tomorrow 0 Ex A is identical to Be means that A and B are the same object They are one 0 2 2 and 4 are numerically identical 2 2 4 They stand for one and the same number Same Matter 0 Re constitution out of new matter of person physically similar to you is insufficient Mere qualitative similarity 0 More generally Sameness of matter not sufficient for personal identity 0 Nor is it necessary and at least not strictly 0 Personal Identity isn t tied to matter so what is
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