Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2014 Kyle D. Weiss
This paper examines the concept of uploading one’s consciousness on to a computer, and its role in personal identity. I first examine the technology behind uploading, and the likely timeline for that technology to become widespread. Then taking uploading as a given, I examine our intuitions about how we will interact with these uploads on a daily basis. Then, I argue that Derek Parfit’s account of survival and identity is the one best suited for a post-upload world. After explaining the benefits of Parfit’s view in this world, I defend Parfit against criticisms by Eric Olson, and Susan Schneider. Finally, I show why animalism and four-dimensionalism are not as strong of accounts of personal identity as Parfit’s view, in a world where uploading is a reality.
Weiss, Kyle D., "Personal Identity and Survival in a Post-Upload World" (2015). CMC Senior Theses. 1020.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.