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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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The Person Life View

The Person Life View

(p.110) 5 The Person Life View
Staying Alive

Marya Schechtman

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses the insights and resources collected in the first four chapters to begin developing a positive account of personal identity-the Person Life View. According to this view persons are entities that live characteristic kinds of lives, “person lives.” To be a person is to live a person life; particular persons are individuated by individuating person lives; and sameness of person over time is defined in terms of the sameness of a person life. The basic features of a person life are introduced and developed. A key feature is the idea that the lives of persons are inherently social, and that living the life of a person involves occupying a space within a social or cultural infrastructure of the sort that beings like us naturally develop. The social aspect of the view raises a specter of conventionalism, which is addressed by considering a variety of particular cases.

Keywords:   conventionalism, cultural infrastructure, person life, person life view, personal identity

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