Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology (Oxford University Press, Manuel Vargas and John Doris eds., 2022)
54 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2018 Last revised: 15 Mar 2022
Date Written: October 1, 2019
The aim of this chapter is to articulate the state of the art in the moral psychology of personal identity. It begins by discussing the major philosophical theories of personal identity, including the Psychological View, the Biological View (animalism), and the Anthropological View (humanism). The chapter discusses shortcomings of those theories, including their lack of empirical support. It then turns to recent psychological work on personal identity and the self, investigations that often illuminate person-related normative concerns. It concludes by discussing the implications of this psychological work for some contemporary philosophical theories, and suggests fruitful areas for future work on personal identity.
Keywords: personal identity, the self, Psychological View, animalism, Anthropological View, humanism, moral psychology
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