Chapter

What Does Matter

Derek Parfit

in Reasons and Persons

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780198249085
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019824908X.003.0013
 What Does Matter

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Discusses how our death can seem to disappear; whether and why the continuity of the body matters; why it does not matter whether psychological continuity has its normal cause: the continued existence of enough of the same brain. The chapter examines the Branch‐Line Case, series‐persons, different tokens of a type of person, beings whose identities differ from ours because they reproduce in other ways, partial survival, and successive selves.

Keywords: body; brain; partial survival; Person; personal identity; reductionism; self; survival; what matters

Chapter.  12607 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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