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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.200) Conclusion
Staying Alive

Marya Schechtman

Oxford University Press

The conclusion summarizes the overall argument of the manuscript and outlines some of the key moves made in developing and defending the Person Life View. These include a new way of framing the question of personal identity and an emphasis on the social aspects of personhood and personal identity, which calls for a rethinking of what is to be learned from the use of thought experiments. There is further argument that the Person Life View provides an account of our literal identity according to which facts about identity are inherently linked to practical considerations, and reiterates the reasons we have for desiring such an account, reasons that are further supported by details which have emerged over the course of the argument.

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

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