chapter  10
The Self and the Future
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In this chapter we will be concerned with the arguments of Bernard Williams’s well-known and influential paper, The self and the future’ (1970). What Williams does in this paper is to present proponents of the Complex View with a conundrum. He does this by putting forward two arguments, each by itself at first sight wholly convincing, one an argument for a psychological continuity account of personal identity, and the other an argument for a bodily continuity account of personal identity. The implication of the paper is that there is nothing straightforwardly wrong with either argument, despite their conflicting conclusions, and hence that there is some sort of conflict or antimony at the heart of our concept of personal identity.