The Human Animal: Personal Identity without Psychology

Paperback | August 15, 1999

byEric T. Olson

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Most philosophers writing about personal identity in recent years claim that what it takes for us to persist through time is a matter of psychology. In this groundbreaking new book, Eric Olson argues that such approaches face daunting problems, and he defends in their place a radicallynon-psychological account of personal identity. He defines human beings as biological organisms, and claims that no psychological relation is either sufficient or necessary for an organism to persist. Rejecting several famous thought experiments dealing with personal identity, he instead argues thatone could survive the destruction of all of one's psychological contents and capabilities as long as the human organism remains alive.

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Most philosophers writing about personal identity in recent years claim that what it takes for us to persist through time is a matter of psychology. In this groundbreaking new book, Eric Olson argues that such approaches face daunting problems, and he defends in their place a radicallynon-psychological account of personal identity. He ...

Eric Olson is a Lecturer in philosophy at Cambridge University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.79 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195134230

ISBN - 13:9780195134230

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"This is the most original piece of writing on these matters that I have read in several years. I recommend it highly."--Philosophical Books