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24 maggio 2018: Matti Eklund: The Existence of Personites

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OntoForMat FIRB Project "Classical Paradigms and Theoretical Foundation in Contemporary Research in Formal and Material Ontology"

OMS: OntoforMat Metaphysical Seminar - Spring 2018


Matti Eklund (University of Uppsala)

The Existence of Personites


24 maggio 2018, h. 14:30-16:30

Sala Enzo Paci, Direzione del Dipartimento di Filosofia, via Festa del Perdono 7, Milano



Mark Johnston and Eric Olson have both pressed what Johnston has dubbed the personite problem. Personites, if they exist, are person-like entities whose lives extend over a continuous proper part of a person’s life. They are so person-like that they seem to have moral status if persons do. But this threatens to wreak havoc with ordinary moral thinking. For example, simple decisions to suffer some short-term hardship for long-term benefits become problematic. And ordinary punishment is always also punishment of the innocent, since it punishes personites that didn’t exist when the crime was committed. An initially attractive way around the personite problem may be to simply deny that personites exist. But as I discuss in this talk, relating to contemporary discussions in metaontology (the doctrine of quantifier variance, and Ted Sider’s ontological realism), this response for principled reasons doesn’t work. The problems I discuss illustrate the significance of metaontological considerations for issues in ethics and metaethics, and generalize widely beyond the personite problem.


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03 maggio 2018
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