Going Narrative: Schechtman and the Russians

Abstract
Marya Schechtman's The Constitution of Selves presented an impressive attempt to persuade those working on personal identity to give up mainstream positions and take on a narrative view instead. More recently, she has presented new arguments with a closely related aim. She attempts to convince us to give up the view of identity as a matter of psychological continuity, using Derek Parfit's story of the “Nineteenth Century Russian” as a central example in making the case against Parfit's own view, and offers a form of narrative theory as a way out of the problem. In this paper I consider this new case, and argue that we should not be persuaded towards the narrative
Keywords Narrative theory of the self  Psychological theory of personal identity
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Peter Goldie (2011). Empathy with One's Past. Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (s1):193-207.
Peter Goldie (2012). The Narrative Sense of Self. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 18 (5):1064-1069.
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