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Single Idea 1394

[catalogued under 16. Persons / B. Nature of the Self / 5. Self as Associations]

Full Idea

If the mind is merely a bundle of states and events, it must be logically possible for the various elements of the bundle to exist on their own.

Gist of Idea

Can the mental elements of a 'bundle' exist on their own?


Peter Carruthers (Introducing Persons [1986], 2.iii (A))

Book Reference

Carruthers,Peter: 'Introducing Persons' [Routledge 1992], p.52

A Reaction

Depends how literally you take the bundle metaphor, and how much you are worried about 'logical' possibility (which only seems to mean imaginable). The answers to these questions do not have to be all-or-nothing.