Identity and personal identity

Mind 85 (340):481-502 (1976)
Abstract
'identity' includes a family of relations and is wrongly restricted to what satisfies leibniz's law: diachronic and strict identity are related since the criteria of the former are just the criteria of continuity of stages of the strictly identical continuant. A general account can be given in terms of the preservation of a weighted preponderance of properties of the stages. Puzzle cases arise because of contextual shifts in the weightings assigned; in the case of persons this is particularly clear because of change of emphasis between mental and physical, Both of which classes of predicate are applicable
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