Reasons, causes and identity

Journal of Medical Ethics Recent Issues 44 (1):70-71 (2017)
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In their book _Identity, Personhood and the Law_, 1 authors Charles Foster and Jonathan Herring seek, among other things, to show that the law is based on overly simplistic assumptions about the nature of personal identity. In their _Author Meets Critics_ précis, they summarise the main contentions of the book on this issue. Difficulties in the law’s simplistic approach are, they claim, exposed when we think about people with dementia, ‘where [in advanced cases] I may turn into a person with no apparent continuity at all with my own self’ and where: X2 will simply inhabit a body composed of some of the same cells as belonged to X1. Deep brain stimulation ‘may similarly transform ‘my’ attributes to such an extent that it seems false to continue to talk about ‘me’ at all.’ Other examples, including cases of patients suffering severe anorexia or who have fallen into a...

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Identity, personhood and the law: a response to Ashcroft and McGee.Charles Foster & Jonathan Herring - 2017 - Journal of Medical Ethics Recent Issues 44 (1):73-74.

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