Will it be me? Identity, concern, and perspective

Stokes, Patrick 2013, Will it be me? Identity, concern, and perspective, Canadian journal of philosophy, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 206-226.

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Title Will it be me? Identity, concern, and perspective
Author(s) Stokes, Patrick
Journal name Canadian journal of philosophy
Volume number 43
Issue number 2
Start page 206
End page 226
Total pages 21
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013-04
ISSN 0045-5091
Keyword(s) personal identity
egocentric concern
survival
perspective
Summary Self-reflexive or egocentric concern has been taken to present a serious problem for reductionist and eliminativist metaphysical accounts of personal identity. Philosophers have tended to respond in one of three ways: by continuing the search for a metaphysical account of identity that (prudentially if not morally) justifies egocentric concern; by accepting that egocentric concern can hold between persons who are not numerically identical; or by advocating the abandonment of egocentric concern altogether. All these approaches, however, distinguish between metaphysical ‘facts’ and affective responses to them. Exploring a well-known example from Bernard Williams, I argue that egocentric concern presents itself as irreducibly first-personal and as making its own set of numerical personal identity claims on the phenomenal level. Williams' example also points to the need to complicate the first/third person schema by factoring in a further distinction between present-tense and implicitly atemporal perspectives on the self. Once this move is made, we can see that the identity claims figured in first-person present-tense experience and those arrived at through metaphysical deliberation need to be distinguished. We should resist the temptation to privilege one perspective over the other in all instances, or to collapse them into a unitary account of selfhood.
Language eng
Field of Research 220309 Metaphysics
220310 Phenomenology
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057093

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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