Parfit on fission

Philosophical Studies 2010 (150):21 - 35 (2010)
Derek Parfit famously defends a number of surprising views about "fission." One is that, in such a scenario, it is indeterminate whether I have survived or not. Another is that the fission case shows that it does not matter, in itself, whether I survive or not. Most critics of the first view contend that fission makes me cease to exist. Most opponents of the second view contend that fission does not preserve everything that matters in ordinary survival. In this paper I shall provide a critique that does not rely on either of these contentions. There are other, interrelated reasons to reject Parfit's defense of the two theses. In particular, the availability of the following view creates trouble for Parfit: I determinately survive fission, but it is indeterminate which fission product I am.
Keywords Personal identity  Parfit  Fission  What matters
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DOI 10.2307/40783322
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Derek Parfit (1971). Personal Identity. Philosophical Review 80 (January):3-27.
David Lewis (1976). Survival and Identity. In Amelie Oksenberg Rorty (ed.), The Identities of Persons. University of California Press 17-40.

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Jacob Ross (2014). Divided We Fall. Philosophical Perspectives 28 (1):222-262.
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