- This book is the product of a 2004 symposium on the nature of personal identity. The symposium marked the beginning of a formal collaboration between the Brain Sciences Institute and the Berman Institute of Bioethics, both at John Hopkins University. The idea behind the symposium was inspired:
- present three philosophers, Carol Rovane, Marya Schechtman, and John Perry, with the same four realistic case studies and see how their theories describe and explain the conditions of the four patients.
- Conclude with two neuroscientists, Samuel Barondes and Michael Gazzaniga, responding to the philosophers.
- My only complaint about the book is that the responses from the neuroscientists are too brief, and not as engaged with the philosophers’ claims as I would have liked.
- This criticism does not, however, stand in the way of my strongly recommending this book. What my criticism reveals is how difficult serious engagement with scholars from different disciplines can be, and we should appreciate it when we find it.
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