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The Evident Connexion: Hume on Personal Identity

Galen Strawson


This book offers a new reading of Hume’s theory of personal identity — his ‘bundle theory’ of the self or mind — and his later rejection of that theory. Contrary to what many have supposed, Hume does not in endorsing the bundle theory hold that there are no subjects of experience, as many have supposed. Nor does he hold that the mind is just a series of experiences. His base position, as a ‘sceptical realist’, is that the ‘essence of the mind [is] unknown’ (Treatise, Introduction §8). His (epistemological) claim is simply that we have no empirically justifiable reason to believe in the existen ... More

Keywords: Hume, personal identity, person, self, subject of experience, bundle theory of mind, empiricism, sceptical realism, Appendix, empiricist epistemology

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199608508
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608508.001.0001


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Galen Strawson, author
Reading University
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