A222 – week 4 – The self and the future

A trickier week this week with Derek Parfit and his reductionist view of personal identity. I really struggled to completely see his point of view on this one. I could go most of the way but at heart I think I’m a non-reductionist and can’t get past that sense of a continuous self rather than consecutive selves. As comforting as Parfit may find it to consider death not as a cessation of existence I’m enjoying my life greatly and don’t want that to end. I will have to do some further reading on this one to be able to deal with it appropriately in TMA01 (which is due next week).

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