Philosophical Studies

, Volume 165, Issue 1, pp 133–149

Why Parfit did not go far enough



Parfit has argued for the revolutionary thesis that personal identity does not matter in ordinary survival, only the R-relation does. “Reconciliationists,” such as Lewis, have tried to stop this revolution, arguing that both personal identity and the R-relation matter. The disagreement has been between those who hold that only the R-relation matters and those who hold that, in addition, personal identity matters. But there is a third option. I argue that Parfit is right that personal identity does not matter but he is wrong that the R-relation matters, and the reconciliationists are wrong to think both matter since neither does.


Parfit Personal identity Survival R relation Lewis Sider Triviality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentSMUDallasUSA

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