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Borders enclose and separate us. We assign to them tremendous significance. Along them we draw supposedly uncrossable boundaries within which we believe our individual identities begin and end, erecting the metaphysical dividing walls that enclose each one of us into numerically identical, numerically distinct, entities: persons.
Do the borders between us - physical, psychological, neurological, causal, spatial, temporal, etc. The central thesis of I Am You is that our borders do not signify boundaries between persons. We are all the same person. In presenting his arguments, the author relies on detailed analyses of recent formal work on personal identity, especially that of Derek Parfit, Sydney Shoemaker, Robert Nozick, David Wiggins, Daniel C. His development of the implied moral theory is inspired by, and draws on, Rawls, Sidgwick, Kant and again Parfit.
The traditional, commonsense view that we are each a separate person numerically identical to ourselves over time, i. The demonstration that personal identity is not closed but open points collectively in one of two new directions: either there are no continuously existing, self-identical persons over time in the sense ordinarily understood - the sort of view developed by philosophers as diverse as Buddha, Hume and most recently Derek Parfit, what the author calls Empty Individualism - or else you are everyone, i.
In making his case, the author:. The book is intended for philosophers and the philosophically inclined - physicists, mathematicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, linguists, computer scientists, economists, and communication theorists. It is accessible to graduate students and advanced undergraduates.
Shop 1 Books 2. Add to Wishlist. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Members save with free shipping everyday! See details. Overview Borders enclose and separate us. In making his case, the author: - offers a new explanation both of consciousness and of self-consciousness - constructs a new theory of Self - explains psychopathologies e. Product Details Table of Contents. Table of Contents Preliminary Acknowledgments. Individuation, Identification, and Identity: Take One. Psychological Individuation and Identification.
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People who think deeply about the puzzle cases of personal identity have come up with a variety of bold and radical responses. Like Alexander hacking through the Gordian knot, Parfit wielded an analytical scalpel to divide personal identity from what matters in personal survival , reaching the conclusion that ordinary survival is about as bad as being destroyed and replaced by a replica. Robert Nozick was so impressed by the difficulties posed by fission cases that he decided personal identity must depend on extrinsic factors: you are identical to whatever person is your closest continuer at any future time, a thesis with the odd consequence that, if your closest continuer after fission dies, you may suddenly find yourself being someone who until that time was someone else, your second-closest continuer. Since there are two persons after fission, there were two all along, even though, before fission, they occupied the same body and were unaware of their duality. In his book, I am You , Daniel Kolak offers yet another radical theory of personal identity: There is only one person, and that person is all of us.
I Am You : The Metaphysical Foundations for Global Ethics
Daniel Kolak born in Zagreb , Croatia is a Croatian -American philosopher who works primarily in philosophy of mind , personal identity , cognitive science , philosophy of science , philosophy of mathematics , philosophy of logic , philosophy of religion , and aesthetics. Kolak is the founder of the philosophical therapy known as cognitive dynamics. Kolak is a prolific philosopher, with over thirty-five authored books and nearly two hundred books edited. Kolak's numerous articles, stories, essays, books and other creative works bridge traditional philosophy with all areas of inquiry and expression, from neuroscience to quantum mechanics, from logic and mathematics to art, music and literature. As Series Editor at Longman, he is currently bringing out new editions of the complete canon of philosophy from ancient times to the present. Translated into over a dozen languages, collectively his books have sold over a million copies worldwide.
I Am You: The Metaphysical Foundations for Global Ethics