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First Person Plural : Multiple Personality and the Philosophy of Mind - Stephen E. Braude

First Person Plural

Multiple Personality and the Philosophy of Mind

Paperback Published: 21st February 1995
ISBN: 9780847679966
Number Of Pages: 320

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Do people with multiple personalities have more than one self? The first full-length philosophical study of multiple personality disorder, First Person Plural maintains that even the deeply divided multiple personality contains an underlying psychological unity. Braude updates his work in this revised edition to discuss recent empirical and conceptual developments, including the charge that clinicians induce false memories in their patients, and the professional redefinition of "multiple personality disorder" as "dissociative identity disorder."

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A valuable addition to the growing body of new philosophical literature on descriptive psychopathology.--The British Journal of Psychiatry

Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. 1
A Brief History of Hypnosisp. 8
Introductionp. 8
Animal magnetismp. 9
The Nancy Schoolp. 15
Charcot and the Salpetriere Schoolp. 18
Hypnotic anesthesiap. 19
Hypnosis and secondary consciousnessp. 24
Further experiments in hypnosisp. 29
Remarks on automatic writingp. 34
Multiple Personality Disorder: A Survey of the Evidencep. 37
Introductionp. 37
A general sketch of MPDp. 39
Cognitive, sensory, and physiological differences between altersp. 48
Further aspects of multiplicityp. 50
Personalities and 'primary' personalitiesp. 56
Is multiple personality artifiactual?p. 61
The Nature of Multiplicityp. 66
Introductionp. 66
The distinctness of alternate personalitiesp. 67
The sense of selfp. 70
Apperceptive centersp. 77
Some potential difficultiesp. 83
Conclusionp. 87
The Concept of Dissociationp. 93
Introductionp. 93
Basic assumptionsp. 94
Morton Prince and co-consciousnessp. 106
Suppression, repression, and the unconsciousp. 112
How not to define 'dissociation'p. 116
Conclusionp. 120
The Principle of Compositional Reversibilityp. 123
Introductionp. 123
Varieties of reversibilityp. 124
An appeal to psychological primitivesp. 129
Anomalous multiplicityp. 132
The significance of dissociationp. 135
Postscript: commissurotomyp. 136
Multiple Subjects or Multiple Functions?p. 139
Introductionp. 139
Plato's argumentp. 140
The law of non-contradictionp. 144
Psychological indeterminacyp. 151
The utility of intentional partsp. 156
A Freudian variationp. 159
The Unity Beneath Multiplicityp. 164
Introductionp. 164
Two types of unityp. 165
The indispensibility of synthetic unityp. 170
Making sense of abilitiesp. 180
Multiplicity within unityp. 187
Persons and Personalitiesp. 191
Introductionp. 191
Persons as organismsp. 193
Persons as mere agents or subjectsp. 199
The challenge of MPDp. 206
The concept of a personalityp. 212
Critical reflections on the clinical literaturep. 214
Multiple personality and Mediumshipp. 218
Introductionp. 218
The dissociation hypothesisp. 223
The survival hypothesisp. 230
The intrusion hypothesisp. 241
Conclusionp. 246
Update and Afterthoughtsp. 248
Introductionp. 248
Dissociative Identity Disorderp. 248
The 'false memory' debatep. 253
The recorder view of memoryp. 256
The appeal to repressionp. 261
Additional skeptical errorsp. 264
Notesp. 269
Bibliographyp. 278
Indexp. 310
About the Authorp. 317
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ISBN: 9780847679966
ISBN-10: 0847679969
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 21st February 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.99  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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