Personal Identity

Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology, Forthcoming

37 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2018 Last revised: 31 Oct 2019

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David Shoemaker


Kevin P. Tobia

Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: October 1, 2019


Our aim in this entry is to articulate the state of the art in the moral psychology of personal identity. We begin by discussing the major philosophical theories of personal identity, including their shortcomings. We then turn to recent psychological work on personal identity and the self, investigations that often illuminate our person-related normative concerns. We conclude by discussing the implications of this psychological work for some contemporary philosophical theories and suggesting fruitful areas for future work on personal identity.

Keywords: personal identity, moral psychology, true self

Suggested Citation

Shoemaker, David and Tobia, Kevin P., Personal Identity (October 1, 2019). Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

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