Real People - Personal Identity Without Thought Experiments

Author(s): Kathleen V. Wilkes


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 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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General Fields

  • : 9780198240808
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : January 1994
  • : 1.4 Centimeters X 13.9 Centimeters X 21.7 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 260
  • : Kathleen V. Wilkes
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good