Multiple Selves

Jennifer Radden

in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199548019
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Multiple Selves

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This article examines Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and the ways multiple selves have been depicted or implicated in some recent philosophical discussions. It considers recent approaches to the concept of self and suggests that none of them rule out the possibility of multiple selves. It contends that the 1998 work of Carol Rovane is perhaps the most appropriate for explaining these types of multiplicity. It discusses the desirability of self-unity understood as a norm of mental health and evaluates therapeutic intervention in the cases of radical multiplicity reported from the clinic.

Keywords: Dissociative Identity Disorder; multiple selves; Carol Rovane; self-unity; mental health; therapeutic intervention; radical multiplicity

Article.  10588 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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