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Persons and Personal Identiy

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As persons, we are importantly different from all other creatures in the universe. But in what, exactly, does this difference consist? What kinds of entities are we, and what makes each of us the same person today that we were yesterday? Could we survive having all of our memories erased and replaced with false ones? What about if our bodies were destroyed and our brains were transplanted into android bodies, or if instead our minds were simply uploaded to computers?
In this engaging and accessible introduction to these important philosophical questions, Amy Kind brings together three different areas of research: the nature of personhood, theories of personal identity over time, and the constitution of self-identity. Surveying the key contemporary theories in the philosophical literature, Kind analyzes and assesses their strengths and weaknesses. As she shows, our intuitions on these issues often pull us in different directions, making it difficult to develop an adequate general theory. Throughout her discussion, Kind seamlessly interweaves a vast array of up-to-date examples drawn from both real life and popular fiction, all of which greatly help to elucidate this central topic in metaphysics.
A perfect text for readers coming to these issues for the first time, Persons and Personal Identity engages with some of the deepest and most important questions about human nature and our place in the world, making it a vital resource for students and researchers alike.

List of contents

Chapter One: The Nature of Persons
Chapter Two: The Psychological Approach to Personal Identity
Chapter Three: The Problem of Reduplication
Chapter Four: The Physical Approach to Personal Identity
Chapter Five: From Reidentification to Characterization
Chapter Six: Narrative Identity

About the author

Amy Kind is Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. Although she has broad interests in the philosophy of mind, most of her research centers on issues relating to phenomenal consciousness and issues relating to the imagination. Her work has appeared in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and The Philosophical Quarterly. She has edited the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination.


As persons, we are importantly different from all other creatures in the universe.

Product details

Authors a Kind, Amy Kind
Publisher Polity Press
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 07.08.2015
EAN 9780745654317
ISBN 978-0-7456-5431-7
No. of pages 180
Series Key Concepts in Philosophy
Key Concepts in Philosophy
Subjects Humanities, art, music > Philosophy
Non-fiction book > Philosophy, religion > Philosophy: general, reference works

Erkenntnistheorie, Philosophie, Metaphysik, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy, Epistemology, Geistesphilosophie, Metaphysics

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