Death and the Disintegration of Personality

Fred Feldman

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195388923
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Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Death and the Disintegration of Personality

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This chapter examines the disintegration of personality associated with death. It analyzes the Personality Argument for the Termination Thesis, which is based on the notion that death deprives us of our personalities and that no one can survive the loss of personality. The chapter discusses the biological, psychological, and moral conceptions of personality and argues that the Personality Argument is not sound, concluding that if personality is a matter of species membership, then people can continue to exist even after death.

Keywords: death; disintegration of personality; Termination Thesis; Personality Argument; loss of personality; species membership

Article.  10396 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Mind

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