The Human Animal: Personal Identity Without Psychology / Edition 1

The Human Animal: Personal Identity Without Psychology / Edition 1

by Eric T. Olson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195134230

ISBN-13: 9780195134230

Pub. Date: 09/02/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Most philosophers writing about personal identity in recent years claim that what it takes for us to persist through time is a matter of psychology. In this groundbreaking new book, Eric Olson argues that such approaches face daunting problems, and he defends in their place a radically non-psychological account of personal identity. He defines human beings as

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Most philosophers writing about personal identity in recent years claim that what it takes for us to persist through time is a matter of psychology. In this groundbreaking new book, Eric Olson argues that such approaches face daunting problems, and he defends in their place a radically non-psychological account of personal identity. He defines human beings as biological organisms, and claims that no psychological relation is either sufficient or necessary for an organism to persist. Rejecting several famous thought experiments dealing with personal identity, he instead argues that one could survive the destruction of all of one's psychological contents and capabilities as long as the human organism remains alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195134230
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/02/1999
Series:
Philosophy of Mind Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1Psychology and Personal Identity7
2Persistence22
3Why We Need Not Accept the Psychological Approach42
4Was I Ever a Fetus?73
5Are People Animals?94
6The Biological Approach124
7Alternatives154
Notes169
References179
Index187

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