A Diversified Approach to Fission Puzzles

Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)
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Abstract

I introduce a new approach to fission puzzles called the Diversified Approach that proceeds by distinguishing different kinds of fission and assimilating each kind to a different ordinary phenomenon, such as breaking apart, replication, or part loss. To illustrate this approach, I apply it to the case of amoebic fission. The upshot is a novel account of amoebic fission according to which the dividing amoeba ceases to exist because it breaks apart. After developing this solution and highlighting some of its advantages, I discuss briefly how the Diversified Approach can be extended to other varieties of fission.

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Justin Mooney
University of Alberta

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