Title

The early reception of Bernard Williams’ reduplication argument (1956–62)

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie

Publication Date

8-2017

Volume

99

Issue

3

First Page

326

Last Page

345

Publisher

Walter de Gruyter GmbH

Abstract

The reduplication argument advanced by Bernard Williams in 1956 has greatly stimulated the contemporary debate on personal identity. The argument relies on a famous thought experiment that, although not new in the history of philosophy, has engaged some of the most influential contemporary philosophers on the topic. I propose here an interpretation of the argument and a reconstruction of the early reception that Williams’ paper had in the 6 years immediately after its publication. The works discussed include papers by C. B. Martin, G. C. Nerlich, R. Coburn, and J. M. Shorter.

DOI

10.1515/agph-2017-0015

Print ISSN

00039101

E-ISSN

16130650

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Recommended Citation

Sauchelli, A. (2017). The early reception of Bernard Williams’ reduplication argument (1956–62). Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 99(3), 326-345. doi: 10.1515/agph-2017-0015