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Subject/Keyword
personal
identity
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Hayman, Edward
Supervisor and department
Cooper, Wesley (Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Morton, Adam (Philosophy)
Mos, Leo (Psychology)
Linsky, Bernard (Philosophy)
Department
Department of Philosophy
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-08-31T14:08:27Z
Graduation date
2010-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The Thesis argues that the concept of ‘personal identity’ is developed in social circumstances, relating to ideas about how the self continues through time and to ‘person-directed’ concerns. Chapter one uses William James’s classification of the constituents of the self, and his idea of the ‘stream of consciousness’, as an introduction to the concept. Chapters two and three deal with: George Mead’s ideas about the self arising in social interaction; Eric Olson’s distinction between ‘biological’ and ‘psychological’ continuity; Mark Johnston’s view of ‘wide psychological continuity’ and his ‘relativist’ approach to personal identity; Robert Nozick’s notions of ‘reflective self-reference’ and the ‘closest continuer’; Derek Parfit’s ‘reductionist’ approach; Wesley Cooper’s elaboration of Nozick’s account. Chapter four favours a physicalist account of the self and a flexible approach to the concept of personal identity, accommodating the needs and practices of the society in which the individual finds himself.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3TH27
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License granted by Edward Hayman (ehayman@telus.net) on 2010-08-30T18:10:38Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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