Community-Made Selves

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 100 (3):459-470 (2022)
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Abstract

Conventionalists hold that the sorts of events that one survives—such as teletransportation, or a brain transplant—is at least partly determined by our attitudes. But if Conventionalism is true, whose attitudes directly determine whether one survives? Do the individual's attitudes do all the work as Private Conventionalists hold, or do the community's attitudes also factor in as Public Conventionalists hold? There has recently been a greater push towards Private Conventionalism, while explicit arguments for Public Conventionalism are difficult to come by. In this paper, I attempt to rectify the situation by presenting my case for Public Conventionalism.

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Michael Longenecker
Zhongnan University of Economics and Law

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