Personal Value, Biographical Identity, and Retrospective Attitudes

Camil Golub
Rutgers University - Newark
ABSTRACTWe all could have had better lives, yet often do not wish that our lives had gone differently, especially when we contemplate alternatives that vastly diverge from our actual life course. What, if anything, accounts for such conservative retrospective attitudes? I argue that the right answer involves the significance of our personal attachments and our biographical identity. I also examine other options, such as the absence of self-to-self connections across possible worlds and a general conservatism about value.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2018, 2019
DOI 10.1080/00048402.2018.1431297
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 40,625
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Human Identity and Bioethics.David DeGrazia - 2005 - Cambridge University Press.
The Constitution of Selves.Christopher Williams & Marya Schechtman - 1998 - Philosophical Review 107 (4):641.
Relationships and Responsibilities.Samuel Scheffler - 1997 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 26 (3):189-209.

View all 12 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Precedent Autonomy and Personal Identity.Michael Quante - 1999 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 9 (4):365-381.
Memory and Identity.Marya Schechtman - 2011 - Philosophical Studies 153 (1):65-79.
On the Prospects for a Theory of Personal Identity.Alan Sidelle - 1999 - Philosophical Topics 26 (1/2):351-72.
Personal Identity and Uploading.Mark Walker - 2011 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 22 (1):37-52.
Identity, Personal Identity and the Self.John Perry - 2002 - Hackett Publishing Company.
Substance and the Concept of Personal Identity.Jens Kipper - 2016 - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 3.
A Defence of Quasi-Memory.Rebecca Roache - 2006 - Philosophy 81 (2):323-355.


Added to PP index

Total views
31 ( #261,716 of 2,242,259 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
13 ( #74,419 of 2,242,259 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature