Introduction: Personal Identity & What Matters in Survival: A Historical Overview: Raymond Martin (University of Maryland at College Park) and John Barresi (Dalhousie University).
1. The Self and the Future: Bernard Williams (All Souls, Oxford University).
2. Personal Identity through Time: Robert Nozick (Harvard University).
3. Why Our Identity is Not What Matters: Derek Parfit (All Souls, Oxford University).
4. Survival and Identity and Postscripts: David Lewis (Princeton University).
5. Personal Identity and the Unity of Agency: A Kantian Response to Parfit: Christine Korsgaard (Harvard University).
6. Fission and the Focus of One's Life: Peter Unger (New York University).
7. Surviving Matters: Ernest Sosa (Brown University).
8. Fission Rejuvenation: Raymond Martin (University of Maryland, College Park).
9. Empathic Access: The Missing Ingredient in Personal Identity: Marya Schechtman (University of Illinois at Chicago).
10. Human Concerns Without Superlative Selves: Mark Johnston (Princeton University).
11. The Unimportance of Identity: Derek Parfit (All Souls, Oxford University).
12. An Argument for Animalism: Eric Olson (Churchill College, Cambridge University).
13. The Self: Galen Strawson (Jesus College, Oxford University).
Books on Personal Identity since 1970.
‘A balanced and stimulating anthology, capped by a valuable historical survey of the issues. It's a natural for either primary or secondary class readings.’ Stephen Braude, University of Maryland Baltimore County
‘This volume is a balanced collection of important contemporary essays on personal identity. The editors’ detailed historical overview provides a useful context for the essays. Overall, the book will be an excellent text for graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses, as well as a convenient resource for professional philosophers.’ Lynne Rudder Baker, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
- Brings together 13 of the most important readings on personal identity theory.
- Includes a detailed introductory historical essay, tracing the origins of personal identity theory.
- Features essays by David Lewis, Bernard Williams, Derek Parfit, and Robert Nozick.
- Describes the revolutionary shift from the 'internal relations' view of personal identity to the 'external relations' view.
- Includes a discussion on the controversial topic of animalism.
- Collectively offers a comprehensive introduction to the field.