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Johnston versus Johnston

Kowalczyk, K; (2022) Johnston versus Johnston. Synthese , 200 , Article 167. 10.1007/s11229-022-03593-2. Green open access

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Personites are like continuant people but shorter-lived. Johnston argues that personites do not exist since otherwise personites would have the same moral status as persons, which is untenable. I argue that Johnston’s arguments fail. To do that I propose an alternative way to understand intrinsicness and I clarify the meaning of reductionism about persons. I also argue that a plausible ethical theory is possible even if personites have the same moral status as persons. My arguments draw on Johnston’s earlier debate with Parfit about personal identity and the place of ordinary concerns in a naturalistic world. I also describe an important but metaphysics-free problem that arises from Johnston’s discussion.

Type: Article
Title: Johnston versus Johnston
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-022-03593-2
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-022-03593-2
Language: English
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Keywords: Personal identity, Four-dimensionalism, Intrinsic properties, Value theory
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10141072
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