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Personal Identity



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second edition are Shoemaker's seminal essay "Persons and Their Pasts," selections from the important and previously unpublished Clark-Collins correspondence, and a new paper by Perry discussing Williams.

Author Biography

John Perry is Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, 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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. vii
The Problem of Personal Identityp. 3
Versions of the Memory Theory
Of Identity and Diversityp. 33
The Soulp. 53
Personal Identityp. 73
Criticisms of the Memory Theory
Of Personal Identityp. 99
Of Identityp. 107
Of Mr. Locke's Account of Our Personal Identityp. 113
Personal Identity and Memoryp. 119
Personal Identity, Memory, and the Problem of Circularityp. 135
Abandonment of Personal Identity
Our Idea of Identityp. 159
Of Personal Identityp. 161
Second Thoughtsp. 173
Personal Identity and Survival
The Self and the Futurep. 179
Personal Identityp. 199
The Unity of Consciousness
Brain Bisection and the Unity of Consciousnessp. 227
Selections for the Second Edition
Persons and Their Pastsp. 249
Selections from the Clarke-Collins Correspondencep. 283
Locke and Collins, Clarke and Butler, on Successive Personsp. 315
Williams on the Self and the Futurep. 327
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 345
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