<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Olson (Eric) - Personal Identity (Stanford, 2015) (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23095.htm">Personal Identity (Stanford, 2015)</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/O/Author_Olson (Eric).htm">Olson (Eric)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, Summer 2017</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23095.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PapersToNotes_23095.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Author s Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Personal identity deals with philosophical questions that arise about ourselves by virtue of our being people (or, as lawyers and philosophers like to say, persons). This contrasts with questions about ourselves that arise by virtue of our being living things, conscious beings, material objects, or the like. Many of these questions occur to nearly all of us now and again: <BR>&rarr; <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_734.htm">What am I</A><SUP>1</SUP>? <BR>&rarr; When did I begin? <BR>&rarr; What will happen to me when I die? <BR>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. (There is also a rich literature on the topic in Eastern philosophy, which I am not competent to discuss; ....) </li><li>Personal identity is sometimes discussed under the protean term self. And  self does sometimes mean  person . But it often means something different: some sort of immaterial subject of consciousness, for instance (as in the phrase  the myth of the self ). The term is often used without any clear meaning at all. This entry will avoid it. </li><li>We 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, namely our persistence through time. </li></ol></FONT> <BR><U>Contents</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Problems of Personal Identity </li><li>Understanding the Persistence Question </li><li>Accounts of Our Identity Through Time </li><li>Psychological-Continuity Views </li><li>Fission </li><li>The <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_872.htm">Too-Many-Thinkers</A><SUP>2</SUP> Problem </li><li>Brute-Physical Views </li><li>Wider Themes <BR>Bibliography </li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><ul type="disc"><li>Update of <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_17/Abstract_17915.htm">Olson (Eric) - Personal Identity (Stanford, 2010)</A>"; </li><li>First published Tue Aug 20, 2002; </li><li>substantive revision Thu Oct 28, 2010; </li><li>substantive revision Thu Jul 9, 2015; </li><li>See <a name="W259W"></a><A HREF = "https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/identity-personal/" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>. </li></ul><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T10:02" pubdate>02/08/2018 10:02:44</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>