Activity: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT › Conference Attendance › Professional Development
Theorizing about the ontology and persistence of the self relies on first-person modal judgments. Typically, we assess these modal judgments by imagining corresponding scenarios from the first-person point of view. In this talk I argue that basing first-person modal judgments on first-person imagination is problematic. I give an account of first-person imagination that explains why it gives rise to first-person modal seemings without postulating corresponding possibilities involving the imaginer. I use this account of first- person imagination to develop a theory of first-person modal illusion. I then show how this theory can be used to undermine the motivation behind central theories of personal ontology and persistence.