How We Are not What We Believe

Derek Parfit

in Reasons and Persons

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780198249085
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598173 | DOI:
 How We Are not What We Believe

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Examines how the Psychological Criterion of identity is not circular, since psychological continuity can be described in a way that does not presuppose identity. It explores the subject of experiences; souls or Cartesian egos; how a non‐reductionist, Cartesian view might have been true. It offers spectrum arguments against both the Physical and Psychological Criteria; how we think about ourselves in a way that would be justified only if a Cartesian view were true.

Keywords: Cartesian; ego; identity; memory; person; personal identity; physical criterion; psychological criterion; soul; subject of experience

Chapter.  12677 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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