Branching in the psychological approach to personal identity
Brueckner (Anthony)
Source: Analysis 65, October 2005, pp. 294-301(8)
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Author’s Abstract

  1. There is a seemingly insuperable difficulty for the psychological approach to personal identity which has not been discussed in the literature. I will explain the difficulty using Derek Parfit1’s discussion in "Parfit (Derek) - Reasons and Persons" (1984) as my foil.
  2. Though Parfit2 does not do so, I will use the person-stage framework in setting up the problem.
  3. I believe that the problem afflicts any reasonable formulation of the psychological approach3.

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