- Personal identity deals with questions that arise about ourselves by virtue of our being people (or, as lawyers and philosophers like to say, persons).
- Many of these questions are familiar ones that occur to everyone at some time: What am I1? When did I begin? What will happen to me when I die?
- Others are more abstruse.
- Personal identity has been discussed since the origins of Western philosophy, and most major figures have had something to say about it.
- I will first survey the main questions of personal identity.
- Most of the entry will then focus on the one that has received most attention in recent times: our identity over time.
- I will discuss what the question means, and the main proposed answers.
- I will also say a bit about how these answers relate to some of the other questions of personal identity, and to more general questions in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind.
- The Problems of Personal Identity
- Understanding the Persistence Question
- Accounts of Our Identity Through Time
- The Psychological Approach
- The Too-Many-Thinkers2 Problem
- The Somatic Approach
- Wider Issues
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