[SydPhil] Notification: Caroline West @ Thu 22 Oct 2015 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Caroline West
Persons, Stages, Autonomy and Group Rights

A common position in liberal circles is that individuals have a right to  
autonomy, but group rights are unjustified. I suggest that this package  
implicitly relies on a controversial endurantist account of personal  
identity. Many contemporary metaphysicians favour a different,  
four-dimensionalist account, according to which persisting persons are  
collections of numerically distinct time slices. If a four-dimensionalist  
account of personal identity is correct, exercises of individual autonomy  
and exercises of group authority appear metaphysically on a par: each  
involves relations of domination among numerically distinct person-stages,  
justified by a unity relation. This raises an interesting challenge for  
liberals. Supposing that four-dimensionalism is true, what--if  
anything--justifies attributing a right to autonomy to individuals, while  
denying it to groups? I explore some possibilities; none of which seem  
entirely satisfactory.
When: Thu 22 Oct 2015 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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