The Place of The Self in Contemporary Metaphysics
Madden (Rory)
Source: O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person
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  1. I explain why the compositionalist conception of ordinary objects prevalent in contemporary metaphysics places the manifest image of the human self in a precarious position: the two theoretically simplest views of the existence of composites each jeopardize some central element of the manifest image.
  2. I present an alternative, nomological conception of ordinary objects, which secures the manifest image of the human self without the arbitrariness that afflicts compositionalist attempts to do the same.
  3. I close by sketching the consequences of the recommended position for the traditional personal identity debate about the nature and persistence of human selves.

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