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Personal Identity: What's the Problem? <sup>1</sup> (1995<i>u</i>)

Nathan Salmon

in Metaphysics, Mathematics, and Meaning

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284719
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284717.003.0012
 Personal Identity: What's the Problem?  1   (1995u)

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It is argued that the traditional problem of personal identity bifurcates into two problems, having different solutions: an essentialist problem of personal identity and a reductionist problem. The proof of the determinacy of identity, combined with an application of the doctrine of impossible worlds, is applied to rejecting, and thereby solving, the latter problem. A solution is offered to the essentialist problem, invoking the continuation of the same functioning brain.

Keywords: continuity; essentialism; haecceitism; identity; person; reductionism

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Subjects: Philosophy

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