Your whole life: beyond childhood and adulthood

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (2020)
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In this book, the author defends the substantial unity of a human person whose life endures through time. Because a human being is an irreducible whole (including biological, psychological, and narrative powers), our lives can have personal coherence over time. The whole temporal expanse of a life is prior to any of its stages, just as a whole human person is prior to any of her organs or powers. We can tell stories about our past, present, and future only because we possess a certain kind of complex unity at any one time. What we are as human beings makes it possible for us to lead the life of a human person.

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