The tale Parfit tells:Analytic Metaphysics of Personal Identity vs. Wittgensteinian Film and Literature

Read, Rupert (2015) The tale Parfit tells:Analytic Metaphysics of Personal Identity vs. Wittgensteinian Film and Literature. Philosophy and Literature, 39 (1). pp. 128-153. ISSN 1086-329X

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Abstract

At the center of Derek Parfit’s Reasons and Persons is nestled a famous short story about a person who uses a teletransporter. Parfit argues that his “thought experiment” shows that “personal identity”—as (analytic) philosophy understands it—doesn’t matter. As long as I know that my “self” on Mars is unharmed by the teletransporter, it shouldn’t matter to me that I remain on Earth, soon to die. I use Christopher Priest’s novel The Prestige and the Nolan brothers’ film of it to challenge the method and alleged moral of this “branch-line” teletransportation thought experiment, treating it as a work of literature in miniature.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2015 07:06
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:06
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/55754
DOI: 10.1353/phl.2015.0011

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