The products of fission, fusion, and teletransportation: An occasional identity theorist's perspective

Simon Langford, Murali Ramachandran

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Abstract

Advocates of occasional identity have two ways of interpreting putative cases of fission and fusion. One way-we call it the Creative view-takes fission to involve an object really dividing (or being replicated), thereby creating objects which would not otherwise have existed. The more ontologically parsimonious way takes fission to involve merely the separation of objects that were identical before: strictly speaking, no object actually divides or is replicated, no new objects are created. In this paper we recommend the Creative approach as the best way of dealing with certain problem cases involving teletransportation. Our considerations yield novel takes on psychological- continuity theories of personal identity and survival, and on the puzzle of Theseus' ship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-117
Number of pages13
JournalAustralasian Journal of Philosophy
Volume91
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Parfit
  • fission
  • occasional identity
  • psychological continuity
  • survival
  • teletransportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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