|Making Sense of Ourselves: Self-Narratives and Personal Identity|
|Baker (Lynne Rudder)|
|Source: Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 15:7–15, 2016|
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→ (1). Under what conditions is a person considered at time t the same person as a person considered at time t’?
This is the standard question of personal identity, and I’ll call it ‘the numerical-identity question1.’ I’ll follow Schechtman and call the second question ‘the characterization question’:
→ (2) Under what conditions are “actions, experiences, beliefs, values, desires, character traits, and so on (hereafter abbreviated ‘characteristics’) to be attributed to a given [human being]?” (Schechtman 19962, 73)
The numeral-identity question concerns “logical relations of identity” and the characterization question concerns “identity in the sense of what is generally called, following Erikson, an ‘identity crisis’. (Schechtman 1996, 2) I think that self-narratives generally aim to answer the characterization question, and not the numerical-identity question.
Footnote 2: See "Schechtman (Marya) - The Constitution of Selves".
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