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Simon Beck
University of the Western Cape
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Paul Ricoeur and Marya Schechtman express grave doubts about the acceptability and informativeness of the thought-experiments employed by analytic philosophers (notably Derek Parfit) in the debate about personal identity, and for what appear to be related reasons. I consider their reasoning and argue that their reasons fail to justify their doubts. I go on to argue that, from this discussion of possible problems concerning select thought-experiments, something positive can be learned about personal identity.
Keywords Thought experiments  Psychological continuity theory  Paul Ricoeur  Marya Schechtman
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DOI 10.1080/00071773.2016.1145887
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