Real People: Personal Identity Without Thought Experiments

Oxford University Press (1988)
This book explores the scope and limits of the concept of personDS a vexed question in contemporary philosophy. The author begins by questioning the methodology of thought-experimentation, arguing that it engenders inconclusive and unconvincing results, and that truth is stranger than fiction. She then examines an assortment of real-life conditions, including infancy, insanity andx dementia, dissociated states, and split brains. The popular faith in continuity of consciousness, and the unity of the person is subjected to sustained criticism. The author concludes with a look at different views of the person found in Homer, Aristotle, the post-Cartesians, and contemporary cognitive science
Keywords Consciousness  Embryo  Experiment  Fetus  Insanity  Metaphysics  Mind
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ISBN(s) 9780198240808   0198240805   0198249551  
DOI 10.2307/2219839
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