The Persistence of Persons: Studies in the Metaphysics of Personal Identity Over Time, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Persistence of Persons

Studies in the Metaphysics of Personal Identity Over Time, 1st Edition

Edited by Valerio Buonomo

Editiones Scholasticae, Germany

304 pages

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Hardback: 9783868385892
pub: 2018-01-25

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We ordinarily believe that the inhabitants of the world – including ourselves – persist over time. Such an idea, however, has puzzled philosophers for centuries. How can we change and still be the same? More specifically, is there any constitutive condition of our identity over time? And if so, does this condition involve mental aspects (such as memories, believes, experiences, etc.), physical aspects (such as the body, or the continuity of the organism), or something else? Or is rather personal identity primitive and unanalyzable, so that our persistence is nothing but a brute fact? This volume is a collection of new essays from leading figures in the field analyzing the persistence of persons and the criteria of personal identity over time. It presents an extensive discussion of the most relevant views on personal identity in contemporary metaphysics and provides new treatments of the constitutive conditions of personal persistence.

About the Editor

Valerio Buonomo is Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy at the University of Milan, a member of the Centre for Philosophy of Time - University of Milan, and a research fellow within the OntoForMat project.

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