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Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke, and Harry S. Silverstein

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014090

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014090.001.0001

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Persistence and Responsibility

Persistence and Responsibility

(p.149) 7 Persistence and Responsibility
Time and Identity

Neal A. Tognazzini

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the question regarding what persistence through time amounts to. That individuals persist through time is not in question. Rather, this chapter will delve into a genuine metaphysical dispute that asks: Do persons persist, on the one hand, by enduring through time, or do they persist by perduring through time? The relationship between the debate over persistence and another philosophical thesis stating that persons are at least sometimes morally responsible for their actions is also explored. Persons who perdure through time cannot be held morally responsible for anything. Although texts on the compatibility of perdurance and moral responsibility are brief, this chapter aims to expand on these in order to see what arguments can be found for the incompatibility claim.

Keywords:   persistence, metaphysical dispute, perdurance, moral responsibility, incompatibility claim

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