- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Multiple Personality Disorder1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Statistics" above.
Write-up2 (as at 03/09/2018 19:49:26): Multiple Personality Disorder
- MPD is otherwise known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
- This condition is normally viewed as psychopathological4, to be treated by therapy. It occurs where a human being5 is, or appears to be, “home” to more than one person6, or at least more than one personality7.
- These persons/personalities may be radically dissimilar, and are (as the alternative designation implies) dissociated from one another. They can be like Locke’s night and day man “incommunicable consciousnesses”, unaware of one another’s existence – hence being in Lockean terms different persons; or, they can be aware of one another, but as of distinct persons.
- No doubt one could complain that the clinically-recorded cases are exaggerated, fabrications or otherwise unreliable. But there seems nothing wrong with them as TEs8, and ones least open to cavil given their approximation to reality.
- Effectively, we have a brain9 running more than one mind10-program (on the “mind-as-software” approach); or a brain segregated into more than virtual machine (on the “mind as hardware”) approach to the mind-brain relationship.
- MPDs pose no problems to those espousing the Psychological View11 (PV) – other than ethical issues concerning “therapeutic” suppression or unification of the alleged multiple persons (see "Shoemaker (David) - Moral Issues at the End of Life"), but what is the response of or the Constitution View12 (CV)? Can we have more than one person – with more than one First Person Perspective13 (FPP) – constituted by the same human body? Animalism14 ignores psychological factors altogether as far as identity is concerned, so won’t be troubled.
- For a page of Links15 to this Note, Click here. I’ve taken a “plenary” approach to those items read, most of which touch on the topic only tangentially, but have been more selective otherwise.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read16, include17 the following:-
- "Lerner (Berel Dov) - Review of 'Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction' by David Shoemaker", Lerner
- "Olson (Eric) - Persistence", Olson
- "Pritchard (Duncan) - What do you know? What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?", Pritchard18
- "Shoemaker (David) - Moral Issues at the End of Life", Shoemaker
- "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity, Rational Anticipation, and Self-Concern", Shoemaker
- "Snowdon (Paul) - Personal Identity (Lectures 1 - 4)", Lecture 4, Snowdon
- "Snowdon (Paul) - The Self and Personal Identity", Snowdon
- "Wilkes (Kathleen) - Fugues, Hypnosis, and Multiple Personality", Wilkes
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Apter (Andrew) - The Problem Of Who: Multiple Personality, Personal Identity And The Double Brain", Apter
- "Baillie (James) - Degrees of Psychological Integrity", Bailllie
- "Braude (Stephen) - First Person Plural: Multiple Personality and the Philosophy of Mind", Braude
- "Barilan (Y. Michael) - One or Two: An Examination of the Recent Case of the Conjoined Twins from Malta", Barilan
- "Berglund (Stefan) - Problems of Reductive Personalism", Berglund
- "Brown (M.T.) - Multiple Personality and Personal Identity", Brown
- "Kennett (Jeanette) & Matthews (Steve) - Identity, control and responsibility: the case of Dissociative Identity Disorder", Kennett
- "Matthews (Steve) - Personal Identity, Multiple Personality Disorder, And Moral Personhood", Matthews
- "Rovane (Carol) - The Personal Stance", Rovanne
- "Rovane (Carol) - The Sufficient Condition Is Also Necessary", Rovanne
- "Snowdon (Paul) - Multiple Personality Disorder", Snowdon
- "Tye (Michael) - Split Brains", Tye
- "Williams (Bernard) - Personal Identity and Individuation", Williams
- This is mostly a place-holder19.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (03/09/2018 19:49:26).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- If only a “non-updating” run has been made, the links are only one-way – ie. from the page of links to the objects that reference this Note by mentioning the appropriate key-word(s). The links are also only indicative, as they haven’t yet been confirmed as relevant.
- Once an updating run has been made, links are both ways, and links from this Notes page (from the “Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note” and “Summary of Note Links to this Page” sections) are to the “point of link” within the page rather than to the page generically. Links from the “links page” remain generic.
- There are two sorts of updating runs – for Notes and other Objects. The reason for this is that Notes are archived, and too many archived versions would be created if this process were repeatedly run.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
- MPD is referenced in my comments only!
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