Johnston on fission

Sorites 15 (December):87-93 (2004)

Brian Garrett
Australian National University
In this discussion paper, I evaluate some arguments of Mark Johnston's which appear in his articles «Fission and the Facts» and «Reasons and Reductionism» . My primary concern is with his description of fission cases, and his assessment of the implications of such cases for value theory. In particular, Johnston advances the following three claims:Rejecting the intrinsicness of identity is an arbitrary response to the paradox of fission;Fission cases involve indeterminate identity;Contra Parfit, fission cases have no implications for value theory in the actual world.I argue that and are false, and that , if true, is not true for any reason that Johnston gives
Keywords Fission  Identity  Metaphysics  Value  Johnston, M  Parfit, D
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