<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Personal Identity: A Philosophical Analysis (Vesey (Godfrey N.A.)) - 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 =3><A HREF = "../BookSummary_660.htm">Personal Identity: A Philosophical Analysis</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../../../Authors/V/Author_Vesey (Godfrey N.A.).htm">Vesey (Godfrey N.A.)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3>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 = "../BookCitings_660.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Book</A></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_660.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>Cover Blurb</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Professor Vesey here examines, in the light of recent philosophical work on personal identity, the problem as it presented itself to David Hume. </li><li>Hume rejected an account of personal identity according to which we are 'conscious of what we call our SELF' in favour of an account in terms of a bond we feel among the ideas we form of our perceptions. But he was far from satisfied with his treatment of the problem, and described himself as being involved in such a labyrinth that he neither knew how to correct his opinions on the matter nor how to render them consistent. </li><li>This book is a sustained attempt to do for Hume what he found he could not do for himself. Recent versions of the accounts rejected by Hume are critically examined; and an 'obvious answer' to Hume's problem is expounded. This answer is then defended against arguments based on considerations of what we should say about personal identity in the event of a bisected <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_763.htm">brain transplant</A><SUP>1</SUP>. </li><li>Professor Vesey writes lucidly on this central problem in modern philosophy. His study will be valued, not only for the clarity with which he presents Hume's opinions and modern theories, but also for his original contribution to debate, notably the extended critique in Chapter 2 of the argument for the self being conscious of itself. </li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>Problems of Philosophy Series. Macmillan & Co., London, 1974</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3919.htm">Vesey (Godfrey N.A.) - In Which a Labyrinth is Explored and Landmarks Established</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vesey - Personal Identity: A Philosophical Analysis, Chapter 1<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3920.htm">Vesey (Godfrey N.A.) - Are We Intimately Conscious of What We Call Our Self</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vesey - Personal Identity: A Philosophical Analysis, Chapter 2<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3921.htm">Vesey (Godfrey N.A.) - The Self Is a Relatively Constant Mass of Bodily Feeling</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vesey - Personal Identity: A Philosophical Analysis, Chapter 3<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3922.htm">Vesey (Godfrey N.A.) - Unity Constituted By Relations Among Experiences</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vesey - Personal Identity: A Philosophical Analysis, Chapter 4<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3923.htm">Vesey (Godfrey N.A.) - Why Not the Obvious Answer to the Unity Question?</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vesey - Personal Identity: A Philosophical Analysis, Chapter 5<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3924.htm">Vesey (Godfrey N.A.) - Are Persons Identified Only By Reference to Their Bodies</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vesey - Personal Identity: A Philosophical Analysis, Chapter 6<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3925.htm">Vesey (Godfrey N.A.) - Is Belief In the Special Nature of Personal Identity False</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vesey - Personal Identity: A Philosophical Analysis, Chapter 7<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3926.htm">Vesey (Godfrey N.A.) - Out Of the Labyrinth?</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Vesey - Personal Identity: A Philosophical Analysis, Chapter 8<BR></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="2018-08-02T02:36" pubdate>02/08/2018 02:36:43</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>