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Personal Identity

Psychological View

(Text as at 18/12/2010 19:58:05)

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This is the view, originating with Locke1, that the matter of primary importance in matters of personal identity is the psychological continuity2 (or maybe of psychological connectedness). No-one denies that our psychology3 is important to us, but making it constitutive of our identity has led to much confusion and paradox. In particular it encourages the idea that the same human being may not be the same person throughout its life, or that the same person may “hop” from one human being to another. I wish to deny both these possibilities.

This is mostly a place-holder4. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list (if any).



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Table of the Previous 2 Versions of this Note:

Date Length Title
26/11/2007 23:25:26 886 Psychological View
12/08/2007 10:17:46 73 Psychological View



Note last updated Reading List for this Topic Parent Topic
18/12/2010 19:58:05 Psychological View Psychological Continuity

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Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) Locke Psychological Continuity Psychology  

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Abbreviations Bodily Continuity Cartesian Ego Cerebrum Computers
Criteria of Identity Death Dualism Fetuses Fission
Functionalism Human Beings Johnston - Human Beings Methuselah Mind
Multiple Personality Disorder Narrative Identity Origins Parfit Psychological Criterion
Reduplication Objections Self Sleep Thesis - Current Stance Unity of the Person

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Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note

Author Title Medium Extra Links Read?
Cerullo (Michael A.) Uploading and Branching Identity Paper Medium Quality Abstract    
Dainton (Barry) Self: Philosophy In Transit: Prologue Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Ehring (Douglas) Personal Identity and Time Travel Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Hershenov (David) Review of Nancy Murphy's "Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?" Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Johnston (Mark) Human Beings Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Liao (S. Matthew) The Organism View Defended Paper Medium Quality Abstract 2 Yes
Olson (Eric) Persistence Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Olson (Eric) Psychology and Personal Identity Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Olson (Eric) Why We Need Not Accept the Psychological Approach Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Sider (Ted) Review of Lynne Rudder Baker, Persons and Bodies Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Smith (Barry C.), Broks (Paul), Kennedy (A.L.) & Evans (Jules) What Does It Mean to Be Me? Paper High Quality Abstract 2 Yes
Snowdon (Paul) Persons, Animals, Ourselves: Introduction Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Abbreviations Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Bodily Continuity Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Cartesian Ego Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Cerebrum Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Computers Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Criteria of Identity Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Current Position Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Death Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Dualism Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Fetuses Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Fission Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Functionalism Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Human Beings Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Methuselah Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Mind Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Multiple Personality Disorder Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Narrative Identity Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Origins Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Parfit Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Psychological Criterion Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Psychological View Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Reduplication Objections Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Self Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Sleep Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Unity of the Person Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes



References & Reading List

Author Title Medium Source Read?
Agar (Nicholas) Functionalism and Personal Identity Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Nous, Mar2003, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p52-70, 19p; No
Ball (Philip) We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract BBC Website ("Earth"), 6th September 2016 Yes
Bernecker (Sven) Memory: A Philosophical Study Book - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Bernecker (Sven) - Memory: A Philosophical Study No
Blatti (Stephan) & Snowdon (Paul), Eds Animalism: New Essays on Persons, Animals, and Identity Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Medium Quality Abstract Blatti (Stephan) & Snowdon (Paul), Eds - Animalism: New Essays on Persons, Animals, and Identity No
Brink (David) Prudence and Authenticity: Intrapersonal Conflicts of Value Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Philosophical Review, Vol. 112, No. 2 (Apr., 2003), pp. 215-245 No
Campbell (Scott) Strawson, Parfit and Impersonality Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Jun., 2000), pp. 207-223 No
Campbell (Scott) The Conception of a Person as a Series of Mental Events Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 73, No. 2 (Sep., 2006), pp. 339-358 No
Carruthers (Peter) Dissociation Data Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 10 No
Carruthers (Peter) Inner Sense Theories Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 7 No
Carruthers (Peter) Intermediate-Strength Transparent-Access Theories Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 6 No
Carruthers (Peter) Metacognition and Control Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 9 No
Carruthers (Peter) Mindreading in Mind Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 8 No
Carruthers (Peter) Self-Interpretation and Confabulation Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 11 No
Carruthers (Peter) The ISA Theory: Foundations and Elaborations Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 3 No
Carruthers (Peter) The Mental Transparency Assumption Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 2 No
Carruthers (Peter) The Opacity of Mind: An Integrative Theory of Self-Knowledge Book - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind: An Integrative Theory of Self-Knowledge No
Carruthers (Peter) The Opacity of Mind: Conclusion and Implications Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 12 No
Carruthers (Peter) The Opacity of Mind: Introduction Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 1 No
Carruthers (Peter) The Opacity of Mind: Preface Paper - By Subtopic Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind: An Integrative Theory of Self-Knowledge No
Carruthers (Peter) Transparent Sensory Access to Affect Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 5 No
Carruthers (Peter) Transparent Sensory Access to Attitudes? Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Carruthers (Peter) - The Opacity of Mind, Chapter 4 No
Duncan-Jones (Austin) Man's Mortality Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Analysis, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Jan., 1968), pp. 65-70 No
Francescotti (Robert) Psychological Continuity and the Necessity of Identity Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 47, No. 4, Oct. 2010 No
Frankfurt (Harry) Reply to Velleman ("Identification and Identity") Paper - By Subtopic Contours of Agency: Essays on Themes from Harry Frankfurt, ed. S. Buss and L. Overton. MIT Press. 2002. pp. 124-128 No
Fuller (Gary) Functionalism and Personal Identity Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Personalist Forum 8, #1 Supplement, 1992, 133-143 No
Genova (Lisa) Left Neglected Book - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Genova (Lisa) - Left Neglected No
Genova (Lisa) Left Neglected Paper - By Subtopic Genova (Lisa) - Left Neglected No
Genova (Lisa) Still Alice Book - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Genova (Lisa) - Still Alice Yes
Genova (Lisa) Still Alice Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Genova (Lisa) - Still Alice Yes
Harrison (Jonathan) Heir of Frankenstein or Justified True Belief and Personal Identity Paper - By Subtopic Analysis, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Mar., 1978), pp. 87-91 No
Hershenov (David) Review of Nancy Murphy's "Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?" Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Religious Studies, 43:2, June 2007, 237-242 Yes
Johnston (Mark) Human Beings Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Journal of Philosophy, Volume 84, Issue 2 (Feb 1987), 59-83 Yes
Johnston (Mark) Objective Mind and the Objectivity of Our Minds Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 75, No. 2 (Sep., 2007), pp. 233-268 No
Liao (S. Matthew) The Organism View Defended Paper - Referencing Medium Quality Abstract The Monist, Vol. 89, No. 3, Coming into Being and Passing Away (July 2006), pp. 334-350 Yes
Lowe (E.J.) Review of Peter Unger's - "All the Power in the World" Paper - By Subtopic High Quality Abstract The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 233 (Oct., 2008), pp. 745-747 Yes
Matthews (Gareth B.) Animals and the Unity of Psychology Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Philosophy, Vol. 53, No. 206 (Oct., 1978), pp. 437-454 No
Nichols (Shaun) & Bruno (Michael) Intuitions about Personal Identity: An Empirical Study Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Forthcoming in Philosophical Psychology, Special issue on experimental philosophy No
Olson (Eric) Persistence Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract The Human Animal, September 1999, Chapter 2, pp. 22-41 Yes
Olson (Eric) Psychology and Personal Identity Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract The Human Animal, September 1999, Chapter 1, pp. 7-21 Yes
Olson (Eric) The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology Book - Referencing (via Paper Referencing) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied Yes
Price (H.H.) Essays in the Philosophy of Religion: Based on the Sarum Lectures 1971 Book - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Price (H.H.) - Essays in the Philosophy of Religion: Based on the Sarum Lectures 1971 No
Price (H.H.) Motives for disbelief in life after death Paper - By Subtopic Price (H.H.) - Essays in the Philosophy of Religion, 1971, Chapter 5 Yes
Price (H.H.) The post-Resurrection appearances Paper - By Subtopic Price (H.H.) - Essays in the Philosophy of Religion, 1971, Appendix Yes
Price (H.H.) Two conceptions of the Next World Paper - By Subtopic Price (H.H.) - Essays in the Philosophy of Religion, 1971, Chapter 6 Yes
Robinson (Denis) Constitution and the Debate between Animalism and Psychological Views Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Blatti & Snowdon - Animalism: New Essays on Persons, Animals, and Identity, 2016: Part I, Chapter 4, pp. 64-88 No
Sider (Ted) Review of Lynne Rudder Baker, Persons and Bodies Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Journal of Philosophy 99 (2002): 45-48 Yes
Smith (Barry C.), Broks (Paul), Kennedy (A.L.) & Evans (Jules) What Does It Mean to Be Me? Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract BBC Website Yes
Snowdon (Paul) Persons, Animals, Ourselves Book - Referencing (via Paper Referencing) Medium Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied No
Snowdon (Paul) Persons, Animals, Ourselves: Introduction Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Snowdon (Paul) - Persons, Animals, Ourselves - Introduction Yes
Tobia (Kevin Patrick) Personal Identity and the Phineas Gage Effect Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Analysis, Volume 75, Issue 3, 1 July 2015, Pages 396–405 Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Dualism Paper - Referencing Medium Quality Abstract . Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Psychological View Paper - Referencing Medium Quality Abstract . Yes
Velleman (David) Identification and Identity Paper - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Contours of Agency: Essays on Themes from Harry Frankfurt, ed. S. Buss and L. Overton. MIT Press. 2002. pp. 91-123 No



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