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Single Idea 1393

[catalogued under 16. Persons / D. Continuity of the Self / 2. Mental Continuity / b. Self as mental continuity]

Full Idea

If I say 'It will not be me, but one of my future selves', I do not imply that I will be that future self. He is one of my later selves, and I am one of his earlier selves. There is no underlying person we both are.

Gist of Idea

One of my future selves will not necessarily be me


Derek Parfit (Personal Identity [1971], 5)

Book Reference

'Personal Identity', ed/tr. Perry,John [University of California 1975], p.219

A Reaction

The problem here seems to be explaining why I should care about my later self, if it isn't me. If the answer is only that it will be psychologically very similar to me, then I would care more about my current identical twin than about my future self.