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Tania Lombrozo, Joshua Knobe, and Shaun Nichols

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198852407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198852407.001.0001

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The Subscript View

The Subscript View

A Distinct View of Distinct Selves

(p.126) 5 The Subscript View
Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy Volume 3

Hannah Tierney

Oxford University Press

Pluralism about personal identity has been understudied and underdeveloped in the literature. It merits greater attention, especially in light of recent work by philosophers and psychologists, which illuminates the great number of our evaluative practices that presuppose personal identity. It is unlikely that traditional monistic approaches to personal identity can ground or explain all of these practices and concerns. If philosophical theories are taken to be saying anything about the commonsense conception of personal identity, then this empirical work ought to be taken seriously. Chapter 5 proposes the author’s own pluralist account of personal identity—the Subscript View. On this view, there typically exist (at least) two individuals whenever it was once thought there was only one, a psychological individual (selfp) and a biological individual (selfb). According to Tierney, the Subscript View can better account for many identity-related practical concerns than traditional monistic approaches to persistence.

Keywords:   personal identity, pluralism, psychological continuity, biological continuity, ambiguous loss

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