Non-branching personal persistence

Philosophical Studies 176 (9):2307-2329 (2019)
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Given reductionism about people, personal persistence must fundamentally consist in some kind of impersonal continuity relation. Typically, these continuity relations can hold from one to many. And, if they can, the analysis of personal persistence must include a non-branching clause to avoid non-transitive identities or multiple occupancy. It is far from obvious, however, what form this clause should take. This paper argues that previous accounts are inadequate and develops a new proposal.

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Johan E. Gustafsson
University of Texas at Austin


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