Identity, Consciousness, and Value
The topic of personal identity has prompted some of the liveliest debates in recent philosophy. In a fascinating new contribution to the discussion, Peter Unger presents a psychologically aimed, but physically based account of our identity over time. While supporting the account, he explains why many influential contemporary philosophers have underrated the importance of physical continuity to our survival, casting a new light on the work of Lewis, Nozick, Parfit, Perry, Shoemaker, and others.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 152.4 x 226.1 x 25.4mm | 544.32g
- 23 Jul 1992
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- Revised ed.
Back cover copy
By the end of this book, if not before, you may come to have a fuller appreciation of some of your central beliefs about yourself, and some of your related attitudes. In particular, you may come to realize more fully that, even as you yourself most deeply believe, after several more decades at most, you will cease to exist, completely and forever. In the light of this awareness, and according to your deepest values, perhaps you will make the most of your quite limited existence.
a significant contribution to the continuing debate on the nature and meaning of personal identity * Derek Parfit, All Souls College, Oxford * a work of striking boldness and originality: a philosophical tour de force that deserves to become a classic in the field ... a powerful and impressive theory of human identity (and its associated values) which seems clearly superior to views currently in vogue. * Michael Lockwood, Green College, Oxford *
About Peter Unger
Peter Unger is Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He is the author of Ignorance (OUP 1975, 2002), Philosophical Relativity (1984, OUP 2002), and Living High and Letting Die (OUP 1996).