Real People: Personal Identity Without Thought Experiments Kathleen V. Wilkes

ISBN: 9780198249559

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264 pages


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Real People: Personal Identity Without Thought Experiments  by  Kathleen V. Wilkes

Real People: Personal Identity Without Thought Experiments by Kathleen V. Wilkes
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This book explores the scope and limits of the concept of a person. Questioning the methodology of thought-experimentation, Wilkes argues that such experimentation engenders inconclusive and unconvincing results, and that truth is anyway strangerMoreThis book explores the scope and limits of the concept of a person.

Questioning the methodology of thought-experimentation, Wilkes argues that such experimentation engenders inconclusive and unconvincing results, and that truth is anyway stranger than fiction. She then examines an assortment of real-life conditions, including fantasy, insanity and dementia, dissociated states, and split brains- questions the idea that people have some special kind of unity and continuity of consciousness- and looks at the views of the person as found in Homer, Aristotle, the post-Cartesians, and contemporary cognitive science.



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