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Reasons, causes and identity

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  • i I might deliberately cause myself harm, and ‘reason’ is sometimes used more broadly to cover causes.

  • ii The most challenging case is Parfit’s famous combined spectrum. But it is often forgotten that Parfit said that questions about whether I continue to exist in such cases are empty.

  • iii Especially part 2, the precedent autonomy problem.

  • iv Unlike in the précis, in the book the authors sometimes take different views on the appropriate analysis for some of the cases, and Professor Herring doubts that we need to go so far as to claim that X1 ‘passes away’.

  • Contributors AM is the sole author of the article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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