Presentation Title

An Account of the Self

Date

5-19-2020

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This research paper targets the persistence question concerning personal identity. I argue that we should abandon the idea of a criterion for personal identity and replace it with an account of the self in terms of psychological connectedness. This term was pioneered in Derek Parfit’s essay Personal Identity in which he claims that what matters in survival can have degrees. I define the self in a way that allows us to break away from the traditional belief that our continued existence is all or nothing. We can instead say that we continue to exist only to the degree that certain direct psychological relations hold. I also mention the possible implications this would have on the individual and on society, such as morality, responsibility and accountability.

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May 19th, 12:00 AM

An Account of the Self

This research paper targets the persistence question concerning personal identity. I argue that we should abandon the idea of a criterion for personal identity and replace it with an account of the self in terms of psychological connectedness. This term was pioneered in Derek Parfit’s essay Personal Identity in which he claims that what matters in survival can have degrees. I define the self in a way that allows us to break away from the traditional belief that our continued existence is all or nothing. We can instead say that we continue to exist only to the degree that certain direct psychological relations hold. I also mention the possible implications this would have on the individual and on society, such as morality, responsibility and accountability.