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Epistemology & Philosophy of Science

Volume 37, Issue 3, 2013

Maria Sekatskaya
Pages 76-84
DOI: 10.5840/eps201337330

PERSONAL IDENTITY AS A FACT OF ONTOLOGY
AN OBJECTION TO DEREK PARFIT

The article aims to show that if we take the thesis of minimal supervenience to be true then Derek Parfit’s arguments against ontological approach to personal identity are not sufficient to prove that ontological criterion of personal identity should be abandoned. We will also try to show that Parfit’s arguments in favor of using “what matters” considerations for deciding whether a given person survives can not be seen as arguments for or against ontological criterion of personal identity.

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