Non-Branching Personal Persistence

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2307-2329
Number of pages23
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number9
Early online date18 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2019

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  • Fission
  • Fusion
  • Non-branching clause
  • Perdurance
  • Personal identity

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