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The Persistence of Persons
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Valerio Buonomo (Ed.)
The Persistence of Persons
Studies in the Metaphysics of Personal Identity Over Time


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Abstract
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. His areas of specialty are metaphysics, ontology, the philosophy of time. His research mainly focuses on the problem of personal identity and the constitutive conditions of persistence. He is also interested in the history of analytic philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind. He has been visiting scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York (2017), at Logos Research Group - University of Barcelona (2014), and at Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen (2010-2011).

Contents

List of contributors xi
Acknowledgments xiii
A brief guide to personal persistence
VALERIO BUONOMO
7

PART I. PERSISTENCE AND CRITERIA OF IDENTITY

1. The simple and complex views of personal identity distinguished
HAROLD W. NOONAN & BENJAMIN L. CURTIS

21

2. Primitive persistence of persons over time
LYNNE RUDDER BAKER

41

3. Personal capacities – Persons – Personal identity
CHRISTIAN KANZIAN

55

4. Identity, change, and criteria of identity
ERWIN TEGTMEIER

79

5. Simple subjects, the first-person- perspective and persistence
GEORG GASSER

91
PART II. PERSISTENCE AND PSYCOLOGICAL CONTINUITY

6. Memory-based personal identity without circularity
THOMAS SATTIG

117

7. Selves outside the world
ANDREA BOTTANI & ALFREDO TOMASETTA

135
8. Making the self real
MICHELE DI FRANCESCO, MASSIMO MARRAFFA, &
ALFREDO PATERNOSTER

155 
9. What’s next? Time travel and phenomenal continuity
GIULIANO TORRENGO & VALERIO BUONOMO
183
 
PART III. PERSISTENCE, HUMAN ANIMALS, AND LIFE

10. Animalism, persistence conditions, subjecthood, and aporia
CHRISTOPHER HUGHES

205

11. Memory, organisms and the circle of life
RINA TZINMAN

243
12. Life is complicated: a cluster criterion of personal identity
MARYA SCHECHTMAN
275
Index 301

 
ISBN: 978-3-86838-589- 2
304 pp
Hardcover
€98.00 (including 7 % tax)







 

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