Lecture 12 - Personal identity, Part III: Objections to the personality theory

author: Shelly Kagan, Department of Philosophy, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Feb. 12, 2010,   recorded: February 2007,   views: 3945
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The lecture focuses on the problems directly related to the personality theory as key to personal identity. The theory states that a person retains his or her individuality so long as he or she has the same ongoing personality. The main objection raised to this claim is the problem of duplication. The lecture explores cases in which the same personality has been transferred or exported to multiple bodies.

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Perry, John. A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality


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Comment1 Robert Owade Oluoch, February 7, 2015 at 9:46 a.m.:

I have followed Professor Kagans' Lecturers step by step. They are immensely enlightening particularly on how to do philosophy

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