Olson, E.T. (2002) What does functionalism tell us about personal identity? Nous, 36 (4). pp. 682-698. ISSN 0029-4624Full text available as:
Sydney Shoemaker argues that the functionalist theory of mind entails a psychological-continuity view of personal identity, as well as providing a defense of that view against a crucial objection. I show that his view has surprising consequences, e.g. that no organism could have mental properties and that a thing's mental properties fail to supervene even weakly on its microstructure and surroundings. I then argue that the view founders on "fission" cases and rules out our being material things. Functionalism tells us little if anything about personal identity.
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|Institution:||The University of Sheffield|
|Academic Units:||The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of Philosophy (Sheffield)|
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|Date Deposited:||24 May 2006|
|Last Modified:||05 Jun 2014 06:01|