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The Phenomenal Self

Barry Dainton


Provided our mental life continues we can easily imagine ourselves surviving the most dramatic physical alterations. It was this fact that led John Locke to conclude that a credible account of our persistence conditions should be framed in terms of mental rather than material continuity. But mental continuity comes in different forms. Most of Locke's contemporary followers agree that our continued existence is secured by psychological continuity, which they take to be made up of memories, beliefs, intentions, personality traits, and the like. This book argues that a better and more believable ... More

Keywords: identity, John Locke, consciousness, psychological continuity, phenomenal continuity, experiential capacities, embodiment, simplicity, holism, fission

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199288847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barry Dainton, author
Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool
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