chapter  9
22 Pages

Transformative choice and the non-identity problem

WithNilanjan Das, L. A. Paul

Some acts change who we are. Call them personally transformative acts. When an agent performs a personally transformative act, she brings into existence a future self that is radically different from who she previously was. In some of these cases, the agent may be antecedently certain that the existence of this future self, though worth having, will be unavoidably flawed, even if the future self values its existence. Now, if the agent doesn’t perform the transformative act, she won’t change so radically, so her unchanged future self may indeed be better off than her transformed future self. In this chapter, we argue that situations of this kind raise a problem that is structurally similar to the non-identity problem.