Essay heading: Personal Identity And Survival

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If survival is taken as having the same identity the two new people would be identical as the original person and this seems illogical. It seems implausible that the two divided minds can work together as one person such as they had in the original man. He even goes as far to say, "They [the new men] could live at opposite ends of the earth...
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If they later met, they might even fail to recognize each other"(Parfit, 401). So, the only explanation is that survival and identity must be separated. "If survive implies identity?you cannot be two people"(Parfit, 400). The only way that the original man could "survive" the division was if they had separate but similar identities...
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