An Epistemic Component to Personal Identity: the Case of Religious Conversion

Evnine, Simon (2002) An Epistemic Component to Personal Identity: the Case of Religious Conversion. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 51-53.


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Under what conditions is a person a at time t the same person as a person b at a later time t"? This is the problem of personal identity over time. In this paper, I wish to argue that there is a necessary (though not sufficient) epistemic condition for identity. I will explain this condition and offer some support for it. I will then discuss a case - religious conversion - where it is arguable both that the necessary condition fails to obtain and that there is a failure of identity. If the case displays a fruitful co-incidence between these two failures, that will be some evidence in favor of my necessary condition.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personal Identity; Reflection; necessary condition; Religious Conversion; Van Fraassen, B.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Epistemologie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Naturphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2002
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:51

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