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Perrys Dialogue Night I The three nights of Perrys Dialogue examine three theories of personal identity The first is what we might call a substance account thats a technical term Identity is carried by a certain thing namely your soul The second night offers a psychological account of personal identity -- that it is memory that knits the stages of a person together into a single whole And the third night considers first the view that sameness of brain is what is crucial and then more abstractly that information is what counts Two background ideas are crucial The first is that survival int worth the name if we cant anticipate the experiences of the survivor Anticipate here doesnt mean predict it means roughly look forward to or maybe better expect to experience I can expect to experience eating lunch today I cant expect to experience eating lunch in London even if there happens to be someone very much like me there eating lunch If I had a twin it would not provide the sort of comfort we associate with the afterlife to know that my twin would survive after my death Survival of death must mean that I survive or so Gretchen insists -- that the survivor will be identical to me in the sense of numerical identity rather than just exact similarity The First Night In the first nights dialogue Sam tries to convince Gretchen that she is who she is because one and the same soul has been associated with her body from birth This immaterial intangible invisible soul is supposed to survive death and live on in the afterlife And on Sams view if Gretchens soul survives that amounts to saying that Gretchen survives Gretchens main problem with this idea is that it creates a mystery it makes it seem impossible that we should ever know who we are talking to She asks Sam how
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