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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second edition are Shoemaker's seminal essay "Persons and Their Pasts," selections from the important and previously unpublished Clark-Collins correspondence, and a new paper by Perry discussing Williams.
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 Edition||p. vii|
|The Problem of Personal Identity||p. 3|
|Versions of the Memory Theory|
|Of Identity and Diversity||p. 33|
|The Soul||p. 53|
|Personal Identity||p. 73|
|Criticisms of the Memory Theory|
|Of Personal Identity||p. 99|
|Of Identity||p. 107|
|Of Mr. Locke's Account of Our Personal Identity||p. 113|
|Personal Identity and Memory||p. 119|
|Personal Identity, Memory, and the Problem of Circularity||p. 135|
|Abandonment of Personal Identity|
|Our Idea of Identity||p. 159|
|Of Personal Identity||p. 161|
|Second Thoughts||p. 173|
|Personal Identity and Survival|
|The Self and the Future||p. 179|
|Personal Identity||p. 199|
|The Unity of Consciousness|
|Brain Bisection and the Unity of Consciousness||p. 227|
|Selections for the Second Edition|
|Persons and Their Pasts||p. 249|
|Selections from the Clarke-Collins Correspondence||p. 283|
|Locke and Collins, Clarke and Butler, on Successive Persons||p. 315|
|Williams on the Self and the Future||p. 327|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 345|
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