The Human Animal: Personal Identity Without Psychology

Oxford University Press (1997)
Most philosophers writing about personal identity in recent years claim that what it takes for us to persist through time is a matter of psychology. In this groundbreaking new book, Eric Olson argues that such approaches face daunting problems, and he defends in their place a radically non-psychological account of personal identity. He defines human beings as biological organisms, and claims that no psychological relation is either sufficient or necessary for an organism to persist. Olson rejects several famous thought-experiments dealing with personal identity. He argues, instead, that one could survive the destruction of all of one's psychological contents and capabilities as long as the human organism remains alive--as long as its vital functions, such as breathing, circulation, and metabolism, continue
Keywords Animal  Biology  Human Being  Life  Organism  Personal Identity  Psychology  Science
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Call number BD450.O46 1997
ISBN(s) 0195105060   0195134230   9780195134230  
DOI 10.2307/2653504
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