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What Are We? – A Study in Personal Ontology - Oxford Scholarship Online
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What Are We?: A Study in Personal Ontology

Eric T. Olson


Discussions of personal identity commonly ignore the question of our basic metaphysical nature: whether we are biological organisms, spatial or temporal parts of organisms, bundles of perceptions, or what have you. This book is a general study of this question. It begins by explaining what the question means and how it differs from others, such as questions of personal identity and the mind-body problem. It then examines critically the main possible accounts of our metaphysical nature. The book does not endorse any particular account but argues that the matter turns on issues in the ontology o ... More

Keywords: composition, material object, mereological, metaphysical, ontology, organism, part, personal identity, soul, temporal part

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195176421
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176421.001.0001


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Eric T. Olson, author
University of Sheffield
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