The Self, Supervenience and Personal Identity

1st Edition

Roland G. Alexander

Routledge
Published May 20, 2019
Reference - 166 Pages
ISBN 9781138366275 - CAT# K396833
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

First published in 1997, this volume addresses the issue of personal identity by examining the possibility that a person is ascribed identity on the basis of having a supervenient self. Ronald G. Alexander uses the methods of non-eidetic phenomenology and analytic ontology to argue that the self is supervenient on the physical and psychological properties of the human being. Understood through the manner Alexander advocates, the self is not a statis entity, but reflects the temporal nature of the person. Alexander argues that the self is the ‘pattern’, ‘character’, or ‘narrative identity’ that is the outcome of a person’s decision-making and actions.

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