<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Human and Personal Identity (Berglund (Stefan)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../BookSummary_565.htm">Human and Personal Identity</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../../../Authors/B/Author_Berglund (Stefan).htm">Berglund (Stefan)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_565.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><u>Publisher s Blurb</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>What does your identity over time consist in? What makes you, now, the same person as the individual who read the first word of this page? Would you survive if all your psychological abilities were irreversibly lost but your body remained alive? Would you survive if your conscious brain was successfully <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_763.htm">transplanted</A><SUP>1</SUP> into another human body? Would you survive if your psychology was transferred from your brain to another entity? </li><li>The author of this work discusses several of the contemporary philosophical theories about the nature of our diachronic identity. The book is based on the comparison of two views on what we essentially are. <ol type="1"><li>One, <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>2</SUP>, claims that we are essentially animals and that we exist as long as the <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1265.htm">human animal</A><SUP>3</SUP> that we are goes on existing. </li><li>The other, personalism, claims that we are essentially psychological beings or persons. According to personalism, psychological attributes, such as consciousness, are necessary elements of our persistence. </li></ol></li><li>The advantages and disadvantages of both <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>4</SUP> and the different personalist approaches are discussed in detail. The book is concluded with a discussion of how the problem of our identity over time relates to questions of value such as our concern about our future and the rationality of egoism.</li></ul></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>Photocopy of complete book. Filed in <a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5965.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 02 (B1: Ba - Be)</A>".</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6081.htm">Berglund (Stefan) - Human and Personal Identity: Summary & Bibliography</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Berglund - Human and Personal Identity (PhD Dissertation, Lund University), 1995, pp. 187-200<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Author s Introduction</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>My most extensive project to date has been my doctoral research in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Lund (Sweden) completed in 1995. My dissertation, Human and Personal Identity (Lund University Press, 1995) focuses on a comparison of two theories about our diachronic identity, <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>1</SUP> and personalism. The main conclusions of my research are that:- <ol type="1"><li>Neither <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>2</SUP> nor personalism are in accordance with our deepest intuitions about what our identity over time consists of, </li><li>That even if <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>3</SUP> has very counterintuitive implications it is nonetheless a more plausible theory because of serious ontological weaknesses of personalism that <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>4</SUP> is deprived of, and </li><li>That both personalists and <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_50.htm">animalists</A><SUP>5</SUP> are committed to accept the Parfitian claim that  identity is not <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_108.htm">what matters </A><SUP>6</SUP>. </li></ol></li><li>I have recently (2003) finalized two projects also related to the concept of identity. <ol type="1"><li>On the one hand, and expanding on my research on personal identity, I have written a paper about the notion of <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1265.htm">human animal</A><SUP>7</SUP> and the relation between consciousness and identity. This paper is entitled, "Animals, Persons and the Importance of Consciousness for our Identity . </li><li>On the other hand, I have finished a political philosophical text about the notion of European identity and its relation to the concepts of societal culture and nation. The title of the text is "Societal nations and European identity". </li><li>I am currently working on a text on European identity and federalism. </li></ol></li></ul></FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Photocopy of complete Book filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5965.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 02 (B1: Ba - Be)</A>".</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6074.htm">Berglund (Stefan) - The Problem of Personal Identity</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Berglund - Human and Personal Identity (PhD Dissertation, Lund University), 1995, Chapter 1, pp. 9-19<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"> <ol type="1"><li>Introduction</li><li>The Nature of the Problem</li><li>Concern for the Future</li><li>The Structure of the investigation</li></ol> </FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Photocopy of complete Book filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5965.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 02 (B1: Ba - Be)</A>".</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6075.htm">Berglund (Stefan) - Identity and Reduction</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Berglund - Human and Personal Identity (PhD Dissertation, Lund University), Chapter 2, 1995, pp. 20-43<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"> <ol type="1"><li>Logical Principles of Identity</li><li>Qualitative and Numerical Identity</li><li>Identity Over Time</li><li>The <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_10.htm">Sortal</A><SUP>1</SUP> Dependency and the Relativity of Identity</li><li>The Intrinsicality of Identity</li><li>The Indeterminacy of Identity</li><li>Reductionism and Personal Identity </li></ol> </FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Photocopy of complete Book filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5965.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 02 (B1: Ba - Be)</A>".</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6076.htm">Berglund (Stefan) - Animalism</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Berglund - Human and Personal Identity (PhD Dissertation, Lund University), Chapter 3, 1995, pp. 44-60<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The Ambiguity of the Ordinary Use of Person and Human Being</li><li>The <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">Animalist</A><SUP>1</SUP> View</li><li>Forms of <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">Animalism</A><SUP>2</SUP></li><li>Problems of <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">Animalism</A><SUP>3</SUP> </li></ol></FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Photocopy of complete Book filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5965.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 02 (B1: Ba - Be)</A>".</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6077.htm">Berglund (Stefan) - The Non-Reductive Personalist View</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Berglund - Human and Personal Identity (PhD Dissertation, Lund University), Chapter 4, 1995, pp. 61-83<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"> <ol type="1"><li>The Non-Reductionist and the Non-Substatialist View<BR>& 1.1 The Pronoun "I" and the Body<BR>& 1.2 The Sufficiency of a Psychological History<BR>& 1.3 Origin and Identity</li><li>An Argument for the Existence of the Soul<BR>& 2.1 From Reductionism to Non-Reductionism<BR>& 2.2 Substance-Dualism</li></ol> </FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Photocopy of complete Book filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5965.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 02 (B1: Ba - Be)</A>".</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6078.htm">Berglund (Stefan) - Varieties of Reductive Personalism</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Berglund - Human and Personal Identity (PhD Dissertation, Lund University), Chapter 5, 1995, pp. 84-127<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"> <ol type="1"><li>Introduction</li><li>The Reductionist Criterion</li><li>Personalist Views<BR>& 3.1 Persons and Minds<BR>& 3.2 The Two Variables<BR>& 3.3 The Classification of Reductionist Personalist Views<BR>& 3.4 The Psychological Elements<BR>& 3.5 Physical and Causal Elements<BR>& 3.6 The Matrix</li></ol> </FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Photocopy of complete Book filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5965.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 02 (B1: Ba - Be)</A>".</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6079.htm">Berglund (Stefan) - Problems of Reductive Personalism</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Berglund - Human and Personal Identity (PhD Dissertation, Lund University), Chapter 6, 1995, pp. 128-158<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"> <ol type="1"><li>Neo-Lockean Notions<BR>& 1.1 Butler's Circularity Argument<BR>& 1.2 The Notion of Quasi-memory<BR>& 1.3 Arguments Against Quasi-memory</li><li>Duplication and Branching<BR>& 2.1 <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_116.htm">Commissurotomy</A><SUP>1</SUP> and Split-brain<BR>& 2.2 The Reduplication Argument<BR>& 2.3 The Non-Branching Clause and the Multiple Occupancy Thesis</li><li>Against <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiments</A><SUP>2</SUP></li><li>The Multiple Personality Disorder</li><li>The Two Lives Argument</li><li>The Weaknesses of Reductive Personalism</li></ol> </FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Photocopy of complete Book filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5965.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 02 (B1: Ba - Be)</A>".</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6080.htm">Berglund (Stefan) - The Importance of Identity</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Berglund - Human and Personal Identity (PhD Dissertation, Lund University), Chapter 7, 1995, pp. 159-186<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><u>Sections</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"> <ol type="1"><li>Concern for the Future</li><li>Branching and Relation R</li><li>The Justification of Prudential Concern</li><li>The Importance of <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_39.htm">Causality</A><SUP>1</SUP></li><li>The Importance of Physical Continuity</li><li>The Defeat of Egoism</li></ol> </FONT><BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Photocopy of complete Book filed in "<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5965.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 02 (B1: Ba - Be)</A>".</P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><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> </center> <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="2018-08-02T02:33" pubdate>02/08/2018 02:33:58</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>