More on Parfit

[2d post in a series, start with the first post here]

Vox has a profile of Derek Parfit out today, covering the impact of his ideas on philosophy.

When we were working on the connectedness research I discussed yesterday, it was back in the days of paper surveys, and I brought unused blank surveys home, for my kids to draw on.  At one point, we got into a discussion about it, and I tried to explain to my then 9 year old daughter the idea of connectedness to the future self.  I wasn’t sure that my explanation was making all that much sense to her.  But then a few days later I found this picture:

connected

I think it actually captures the idea of having high connectedness to the future self really well. We age and our bodies change, but if the core that defines me, whatever I think that is, remains the same, then I’m still mainly the same person.

[See the next post here].

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