Personal Identity and Fractured Selves: Perspectives from Philosophy, Ethics, and Neuroscience

Personal Identity and Fractured Selves: Perspectives from Philosophy, Ethics, and Neuroscience

by Debra J. H. Mathews
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801893380

ISBN-13: 9780801893384

Pub. Date: 09/04/2009

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

This book brings together some of the best minds in neurology and philosophy to discuss the concept of personal identity and the moral dimensions of treating brain disease and injury. The contributors engage a crucial question: When an individual’s personality changes radically because of disease or injury, should this changed individual be treated as the

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This book brings together some of the best minds in neurology and philosophy to discuss the concept of personal identity and the moral dimensions of treating brain disease and injury. The contributors engage a crucial question: When an individual’s personality changes radically because of disease or injury, should this changed individual be treated as the same person?

Rapid advances in brain science are expanding knowledge of human memory, emotion, and cognition and pointing the way toward new approaches for the prevention and treatment of devastating illnesses and disabilities. Through case studies of Alzheimer disease, frontotemporal dementia, deep brain stimulation, and steroid psychosis, the contributors highlight relevant ethical and social concerns that clinicians, researchers, and ethicists are likely to encounter.

Personal Identity and Fractured Selves represents the first formal collaboration between the Brain Sciences Institute and the Berman Institute of Bioethics, both at the Johns Hopkins University. The book asks neuroscientists and philosophers to address important questions on the topic of personal identity in an effort to engage both fields in fruitful conversation.

Contributors: Samuel Barondes, M.D., University of California, San Francisco; David M. Blass, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Patrick Duggan, A.B., Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; Ruth R. Faden, Ph.D., M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara; Guy M. McKhann, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; John Perry, Ph.D., Stanford University; Carol Rovane, Ph.D., Columbia University; Alan Regenberg, M.Be., Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; Marya Schechtman, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago; Maura Tumulty, Ph.D., Colgate University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801893384
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/04/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,247,217
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface Guy McKhann McKhann, Guy Ruth R. Faden Faden, Ruth R.

Introduction A "Two Cultures" Phrasebook Debra J. H. Mathews Mathews, Debra J. H. Alan Regenberg Regenberg, Alan Patrick Duggan Duggan, Patrick 1

Pt. I Foundations

1 How Philosophers Think about Persons, Personal Identity, and the Self Maura Tumulty Tumulty, Maura 15

2 Toward a Neurobiology of Personal Identity Peter V. Rabins Rabins, Peter V. David M. Blass Blass, David M. 38

3 Case Studies David M. Blass Blass, David M. 50

Pt. II Philosophers Hold Forth

4 Getting Our Stories Straight: Self-narrative and Personal Identity Marya Schechtman Schechtman, Marya 65

5 Personal Identity and Choice Carol Rovane Rovane, Carol 93

6 Diminished and Fractured Selves John Perry Perry, John 129

Pt. III Neuroscientists Push Back

7 After Locke: Darwin, Freud, and Psychiatric Assessment Samuel Barondes Barondes, Samuel 165

8 The Fictional Self Michzael S. Gazzaniga Gazzaniga, Michzael S. 174

Conclusion: Common Threads Hilary Bok Bok, Hilary Debra J. H. Mathews Mathews, Debra J. H. Peter V. Rabins Rabins, Peter V. 187

References 195

Index 199

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