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Staying AlivePersonal Identity, Practical Concerns, and the Unity of a Life$
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Marya Schechtman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684878

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684878.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Staying Alive

Marya Schechtman

Oxford University Press

The introduction identifies the problem that will be addressed and describes how it will be tackled. Judgments of personal identity are ubiquitous, but it turns out that we operate with many different conceptions of person, leading to irresolvable disputes about what these judgments signify. Given our multiplicitous understanding of personhood we seem forced either to give up on providing a unified account of personal identity or to deny that there is any necessary connection between questions about the literal identity of beings like us and practical considerations. Neither alternative is attractive. A description is offered of a new account, the “Person Life View,” which will be developed and shown to provide a unified account of our literal identity according to which facts about identity are inherently linked to practical considerations.

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

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