Re: A calculus of personal identity

From: Brent Meeker <>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 10:35:55 -0700

Bruno Marchal wrote:
> Le 30-juin-06, à 21:06, John M a écrit :
>>"I agree. Other people are part of the model of the
>>world we form. And in the same way the existence of
>>myself, as a durable entity, is also a part of that
>>Brent Meeker"
>>Does this agreed double(?) statement not rub too close
>>on solipsism?
> I agree, and, with all my respect to Brent, I would say it is an
> illustration of a typical "error" of the *first* person. Because she is
> unable to convince herself (neither in some personal third person way,
> nor in any first person ways) of the existence of another, she forgets
> she can correctly bet on that "others". And this even if with comp we
> can prove (communicate to oneself in a third person way) that the
> *correctness* of that bet is necessarily of the type of serendipitous
> correctness.

That's not contrary to my conception at all. I certainly do "bet" on the existence of others, and
of chairs and tables and stars and electrons and myself, and all for the essentially the same reasons.

I don't understand the conjunction of "necessarily" and "serendipitous".

Brent Meeker

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