An ambiguity in Parfit's theory of personal identity

Ratio 4 (1):16-24 (1991)
In Reasons and Persons Parfit vacillates between two views of personal identity. Both views have unpalatable consequences. According to one view, the question, "Is person A the same as person C?" is always empty. According to the other view, this question is empty only some of the time. The first view is elegant, but it has consequences which are counterintuitive and incompatible with Parfit's later claims. The second view is commonsensical, but its only coherent version is vulnerable to an argument made by Parfit, himself
Keywords Metaphysics  Personal Identity  Reductionism  Parfit, D
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9329.1991.tb00026.x
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