Personal Identity and Metaphysics

Tamar Szabó Gendler

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199262618
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Personal Identity and Metaphysics

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This article tries to situate the recent discussions of personal identity in their historical context. It begins with a brief discussion of Locke's account of identity as such, turning then to a more detailed account of his views on personal identity in particular. It then discusses a pair of problems that arise for any sort of neo-Lockean account, and surveys the sorts of responses that have been offered to them. Finally the article briefly presents three recent accounts, each of which can be seen as relying on a subtle re-characterization of the traditional problem of personal identity.

Keywords: personal identity; metaphysics; neo-Lockean concept; judgements; living things; imaginary cases

Article.  6798 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Mind

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