- My most extensive project to date has been my doctoral research in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Lund (Sweden) completed in 1995. My dissertation, Human and Personal Identity (Lund University Press, 1995) focuses on a comparison of two theories about our diachronic identity, animalism1 and personalism. The main conclusions of my research are that:-
- Neither animalism2 nor personalism are in accordance with our deepest intuitions about what our identity over time consists of,
- That even if animalism3 has very counterintuitive implications it is nonetheless a more plausible theory because of serious ontological weaknesses of personalism that animalism4 is deprived of, and
- That both personalists and animalists5 are committed to accept the Parfitian6 claim that “identity is not what matters”7.
- I have recently (2003) finalized two projects also related to the concept of identity.
- On the one hand, and expanding on my research on personal identity, I have written a paper about the notion of human animal8 and the relation between consciousness and identity. This paper is entitled, "Animals, Persons and the Importance of Consciousness for our Identity”.
- On the other hand, I have finished a political philosophical text about the notion of European identity and its relation to the concepts of societal culture and nation. The title of the text is "Societal nations and European identity".
- I am currently working on a text on European identity and federalism.
Photocopy of complete Book filed in "Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 02 (B1: Ba - Be)".
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