Common threads

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This book and the symposium that initiated it were based on two premises: (1) that bringing together experts from two different fields-philosophy and neuroscience-whose work addresses the construct of personal identity would advance our understanding of the topic and be of value to individuals in both fields; and (2) that using examples of clinical cases in which individuals underwent a change in personal identity could ground the discussions and make clear the application of the construct of personal identity to the everyday world. Here we attempt to address whether these assumptions proved correct. That is, are such cross-disciplinary interactions beneficial to individuals in both fields and are they successful in advancing our understanding of the topic? Our hope was not only to answer both questions in the affrmative but also to provide a compelling argument for the application of this approach to other topics. We first discuss some of the issues that arose as a result of cultural and definitional differences between philosophers and neuroscientists, then address some of the substantive issues on which authors, both within and between disciplines, disagreed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPersonal Identity and Fractured Selves
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Philosophy, Ethics, and Neuroscience
PublisherThe Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780801893384
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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