The early reception of Bernard Williams’ reduplication argument (1956–62)
Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie
Walter de Gruyter GmbH
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.
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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