Causal copersonality: in defence of the psychological continuity theory

South African Journal of Philosophy 30 (2):244-255 (2011)

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Simon Beck
University of the Western Cape
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The view that an account of personal identity can be provided in terms of psychological continuity has come under fire from an interesting new angle in recent years. Critics from a variety of rival positions have argued that it cannot adequately explain what makes psychological states co-personal (i.e. the states of a single person). The suggestion is that there will inevitably be examples of states that it wrongly ascribes using only the causal connections available to it. In this paper, I describe three distinct attacks on the psychological continuity theory along these lines. While I acknowledge that a number of interesting issues arise, I argue that the theory can withstand all three attacks.
Keywords Personal identity  Psychological continuity theory
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DOI 10.4314/sajpem.v30i2.67788
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