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Philosophical maundering

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Philosophical maundering

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So I did a bit of maundering on what bugs me about Objectivism, and I think that I can sum up my chief objection in one sentence: My hair was dark brown, and is now dark brown and gray. Yes, it's still hair, but it is not the hair that it was. If we consider the physical person as A, then A ceases to be what A was, as one grows older. If this was untrue, we all would still be small bald wrinkly persons wearing diapers, wouldn't we?
Alternately: Italy WAS the seat of the Roman Empire, but IS no longer. A ceased to be A, didn't it?

If you're someone who finds that Objectivism fits your worldview, please DO point out what you see as the logical fallacy here. I'm not seeing one, but that doesn't mean there isn't one.
  • Ah, factor in time. As in, things change over time. Sometimes into other things. And so I suppose you have to look at its properties, and draw the line between "same" and "different" when things reach a statistical level of difference. And where that might be, I'm not sure. For many things, the name is what remains constant. San Francisco certainly has changed a lot since it was founded as a little settlement on a hilly shoreline, but it was and still is San Francisco, if simply by name, location, and convention.

    • If A is defined as 'the hair growing out of my head', then the definition of A has shifted over a fairly brief chunk of time. Heck, I have a goatee and two rather (to all reports) dashing slashes of white on the chin, at this point- I have it because working from home meant I could putz about without shaving for a few days, which led me to going '...hey, what the hell, where'd YOU two come from?' and growing them out to see how they looked as a goatee.

      I grew out a goatee about 4 years back, and those streaks weren't there. So... where does A become not-A?
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