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Staying Alive: Personal Identity, Practical Concerns, and the Unity of a Life

Marya Schechtman


It has been a common assumption among philosophers that an account of personal identity should explain why facts about identity carry so much practical significance. As it turns out, providing a view that does this is extremely difficult. This is largely because personal identity is important to us in so many different ways that it is difficult to see how a single relation could capture and explain all of these many types of significance. Two possibilities for responding to this difficulty are to give up on providing a single unified account of personal identity or to give up on the assumption ... More

Keywords: personal identity, person life, person life view, practical concerns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684878
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marya Schechtman, author
University of Illinois at Chicago