These bizarre fictions: Thought-experiments, our psychology and our selves

Philosophical Papers 35 (1):29-54 (2006)
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Philosophers have traditionally used thought-experiments in their endeavours to find a satisfactory account of the self and personal <span class='Hi'>identity</span>. Yet there are considerations from empirical psychology as well as related ones from philosophy itself that appear to completely undermine the method of thought-experiment. This paper focuses on both sets of considerations and attempts a defence of the method.
Keywords Metaphysics  Personal Identity  Psychology  Thought Experiment
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DOI 10.1080/05568640609485171
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