Philosophy of Personal Identity and Multiple Personality

Philosophy of Personal Identity and Multiple Personality

by Logi Gunnarsson

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Philosophy of Personal Identity and Multiple Personality by Logi Gunnarsson

As witnessed by recent films such as Fight Club and Identity, our culture is obsessed with multiple personality—a phenomenon raising intriguing questions about personal identity. This study offers both a full-fledged philosophical theory of personal identity and a systematic account of multiple personality. Gunnarsson combines the methods of analytic philosophy with close hermeneutic and phenomenological readings of cases from different fields, focusing on psychiatric and psychological treatises, self-help books, biographies, and fiction. He develops an original account of personal identity (the authorial correlate theory) and offers a provocative interpretation of multiple personality: in brief, "multiples" are right about the metaphysics but wrong about the facts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415849173
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Logi Gunnarsson is Professor of Philosophy at University of Potsdam, Germany.

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