Why We Need not Accept the Psychological Approach

Eric T. Olson

in The Human Animal

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195134230
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833528 | DOI:

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

Why We Need not Accept the Psychological Approach

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Most arguments for the Psychological Approach are based on the conviction that anyone who got your psychological features would be you. The possibility of fission proves this conviction false. Those who think that identity has no practical importance will find it even more difficult to argue for the Psychological Approach.

Keywords: brain transplant; Parfit; prudence; responsibility; self‐concern

Chapter.  14725 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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