Philosophy Seminar Series: Clas Weber (University of Western Australia)
Philosophy Seminar Series
Determinacy of the Self and Imagination from the Inside
Clas Weber, University of Western Australia | 3:30pm, 26 April, 2023
The persistence of ordinary objects allows for indeterminacy. There is a strong intuition that our own persistence in contrast has to be determinate. The determinacy intuition conflicts with a commonsense view of human persons. In this talk, I offer an account of the source of the determinacy intuition which grounds it in the special character of first-person imagination. In short, we are inclined to believe that our persistence must be determinate because we cannot imagine indeterminate survival from the first-person perspective. I then explore the implications of this account for the metaphysics of the self. I make the case that indeterminate survival may be a genuine possibility for us in spite of our inability to imagine it from the inside. Hence, the account proposed here allows us to debunk the intuition and maintain a commonsense view of ourselves.
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