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This volume brings together the vital contributions of distinguished past and contemporary philosophers to the important topic of personal identity. The essays range from John Locke's classic seventeenth-century attempt to analyze personal identity in terms of memory, to twentieth-century defenses and criticisms of the Lockean view by Anthony Quinton, H.P. Grice, Sydney Shoemaker, David Hume, Joseph Butler, Thomas Reid, and Bernard Williams.

New to the second edition are Shoemaker's seminal essay "Persons and Their Pasts," selections from the important and previously unpublished Clark-Collins correspondence, and a new paper by Perry discussing Williams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520256422
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2008
  • Series: Topics in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 330,481
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

John Perry is Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, co-host of the award-winning radio program "Philosophy Talk," and author of many books including Knowledge, Possibility, and Conciousness and Identity, Personal Identity, and the Self.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction

1 John Perry: The Problem of Personal Identity 3

Pt. II Versions of the Memory Theory

2 John Locke: Of Identity and Diversity 33

3 Anthony Quinton: The Soul 53

4 H. P. Grice: Personal Identity 73

Pt. III Criticisms of the Memory Theory

5 Joseph Butler: Of Personal Identity 99

6 Thomas Reid: Of Identity 107

7 Thomas Reid: Of Mr. Locke's Account of Our Personal Identity 113

8 Sydney Shoemaker: Personal Identity and Memory 119

9 John Perry: Personal Identity, Memory, and the Problem of Circularity 135

Pt. IV Abandonment of Personal Identity

10 David Hume: Our Idea of Identity 159

11 David Hume: Of Personal Identity 161

12 David Hume: Second Thoughts 173

Pt. V Personal Identity and Survival

13 Bernard Williams: The Self and the Future 179

14 Derek Parfit: Personal Identity 199

Pt. VI The Unity of Consciousness

15 Thomas Nagel: Brain Bisection and the Unity of Consciousness 227

Pt. VII Selections for the Second Edition

16 Sydney Shoemaker: Persons and Their Pasts 249

17 William Uzgalis: Selections from the Clarke-Collins Correspondence 283

18 William Uzgalis: Locke and Collins, Clarke and Butler, on Successive Persons 315

19 John Perry: Williams on the Self and the Future 327

Suggestions for Further Reading 345

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