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Why We Are Not What We Think We Are

A New Approach to the Nature of Personal Identity and of Time

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Summary

Questions about personal identity and about time affect us all. The concern for «our» future and the fear of «our» death are based on (mostly vague) concepts of personal identity over time. Though the atomic components of our present body are not identical with the ones shown on our childhood photos, we have no doubts in recognizing ourselves on those pictures. Similarly, we are convinced that «we» will be able to recognize «ourselves» on our present passport-photos even in the future. Is this confidence justified? If it is not, our conception of life and death would be as faulty as was the image of the universe in the Middle Ages.

Details

Pages
113
ISBN (Softcover)
9783820409840
Language
English
Published
Frankfurt/M., Bern, New York, Paris, 1987. 113 pp.
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Title: Why We Are Not What We Think We Are