Conativism about personal identity

In Andrea Sauchelli (ed.), Derek Parfit's Reasons and Persons: An Introduction and Critical Inquiry. Routledge. pp. 159-269 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This paper aims to provide an overview of the conceptual terrain of what we call conative accounts of personal identity. These are views according to which the same-person relation in some sense depends on a range of broadly conative phenomena, especially desires, behaviours and conventions. We distinguish views along three dimensions: what role the conations play, what kinds of conations play that role, and whether the conations that play that role are public or private. We then offer a more detailed consideration of direct private conativism—the version of conativism that we favour—before considering how conativists ought respond to a general worry, according to which any conativist view will lead us to be radically pluralist about persons.



External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

“Personal identity” minus the persons.Kristie Miller - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 166 (S1):91-109.
How to Be a Conventional Person.Kristie Miller - 2004 - The Monist 87 (4):457-474.
Substance and the Concept of Personal Identity.Jens Kipper - 2016 - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 3.
Parfit on Personal Identity.Deborah C. Smith - 2001 - Idealistic Studies 31 (2-3):169-181.
Personal identity.John Campbell - 2011 - In Shaun Gallagher (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Self. Oxford University Press.
Personal identity.Eric T. Olson - 2002 - In Stephen P. Stich & Ted A. Warfield (eds.), Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Mind. Blackwell.
Locke's psychology of personal identity.Raymond Martin - 2000 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (1):41-61.
The Moral Dimension in Locke's Account of Persons and Personal Identity.Ruth Boeker - 2014 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 31 (3):229-247.
Disablement and personal identity.Steven D. Edwards - 2006 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 10 (2):209-215.


Added to PP

590 (#28,292)

6 months
101 (#37,385)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

David Braddon-Mitchell
University of Sydney
Kristie Miller
University of Sydney

Citations of this work

Conventionalism about Persons and the Nonidentity Problem.Michael Tze-Sung Longenecker - 2023 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 101 (4):954-967.
The Responses That Matter.Sebastian Köhler - 2024 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 105 (1):33-49.
Self-Determination in Plenitude.Irem Kurtsal - 2022 - Erkenntnis 87 (5):2397-2418.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references