Personal Identity (Fall 1999) / Notes / Mid-term review

Mid-term review

29 October

What this is

This course is progressive: the material at the end builds on the material from the beginning.

You'll note that the Paper topics are biased towards the material at the end. Consequently, this might be a good time to review. Thus this list.

This is a list of topics that should be familiar to you. You should be able to pass an exam on these with flying colors. That is, you should be able to identify the authors associated with these topics, explain what they mean, and explain why they are important.If you're able to explain how they are related to one another, you get an A.

The list

1. Qualitative vs. numerical identity.

2. Locke on animal identity (§§ 4-5).

3. The man-person distinction.

4. Every sentence in Locke § 9.

5. Mad man and sober man; waking Socrates and sleeping Socrates; Day man and night man.

6. The prince and the cobbler.

7. Nestor's soul.

8. Locke's arguments against any substance account of personal identity (see §§ 10, 23-25).

9. The substance objection.

10. Memory presupposes personal identity.

11. The Brave Officer.

12. The empirical concept of the soul.

13. The Pole and the Scot.

14. The particularity argument.

15. The reduplication argument.

16. Type-persons.

17. The first run of Williams's experiment.

18. The second run of Williams's experiment; a.k.a. Williams's spectrum, a.k.a. the Psychological Spectrum.

19. What does it mean to say that questions of personal identity can be indeterminate?

20. Williams's argument for the inconceivability of indeterminate answers.

21. Reductionists and non-Reductionists: what do they believe?

22. Quasi-memories.

23. Relation R.

24. The Combined Spectrum.

25. My Division.

26. Survival without identity.

27. The Branch-line Case.

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