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The Concept of Identity - Eli Hirsch

The Concept of Identity

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Published: 20th February 1992
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In this book, Eli Hirsch focuses on identity through time, first with respect to ordinary bodies, then underlying matter, and eventually persons. These are linked at various points with other aspects of identity, such as the spatial unity of things, the unity of kinds, and the unity of groups. He investigates how our identity concept ordinarily operates in these respects. He also asks why this concept is so cental to our thinking and whether we can justify seeing the world in terms of such a concept. This is the revised and updated edition of a hardback published in 1982.

"A penetrating and original discussion of spatial unity, identity through time and related topics."--Philosophy and Phenomenological Research "The book as a whole tackles a cluster of central metaphysical issues in a consistently clear and careful manner. Moreover, Hirsch is pleasantly undogmatic and endeavors to give fair treatment to those views he eventually rejects. His arguments for his own conclusions are frequently all-the-more forceful for that."--International Studies in Philosophy "Hirsch's book is required reading for anyone with a serious interest in identity in particular and metaphysics in general. The book is tightly argued, clearly written, and filled with fascinating material."--The Philosophical Review "Careful and painstaking....The standard of argument is high and Hirsch has something interesting to say on every topic he discusses. I believe that no one interested in its subject could read this book without profit."--The Philosophical Quarterly "Hirsch's book is marked by its clarity and carefulness of argumentation and its general sensibleness....It is a book that philosophers will want to consider for use in mid-level and advanced courses."--Review of Metaphysics "A penetrating and original discussion of spatial unity, identity through time and related topics."--Philosophy and Phenomenological Research "The book as a whole tackles a cluster of central metaphysical issues in a consistently clear and careful manner. Moreover, Hirsch is pleasantly undogmatic and endeavors to give fair treatment to those views he eventually rejects. His arguments for his own conclusions are frequently all-the-more forceful for that."--International Studies in Philosophy "Hirsch's book is required reading for anyone with a serious interest in identity in particular and metaphysics in general. The book is tightly argued, clearly written, and filled with fascinating material."--The Philosophical Review "Careful and painstaking....The standard of argument is high and Hirsch has something interesting to say on every topic he discusses. I believe that no one interested in its subject could read this book without profit."--The Philosophical Quarterly "Hirsch's book is marked by its clarity and carefulness of argumentation and its general sensibleness....It is a book that philosophers will want to consider for use in mid-level and advanced courses."--Review of Metaphysics

The Persistence of Objectsp. 1
Introduction to Part Onep. 3
Continuityp. 7
The Simple Continuity Analysisp. 7
Qualitative Continuityp. 10
Spatiotemporal Continuityp. 15
Is Continuity Necessary?p. 22
Is Continuity Sufficient?p. 25
Sortalsp. 34
The Sortal Rulep. 34
The Making of a Sortalp. 40
Coming into Existence and Going out of Existencep. 47
Identity, Predication, and Constitutionp. 57
The Compositional Criterionp. 64
The Basic Idea of Persistencep. 72
A Question about Sortal-Relativityp. 72
The Basic Rulep. 77
Limitations of the Basic Rulep. 82
Refining the Basic Rulep. 90
Unity through Time and Spacep. 97
Articulationp. 105
The Persistence of Matterp. 113
A Puzzle about Matterp. 113
An "Ultimate" Kind of Persistencep. 119
Searching for Identity Criteriap. 123
Matter and Common Sensep. 128
The Metaphysics of Persistencep. 138
Do We Need Persisting Objects?p. 138
A Question about Spatiotemporal Continuityp. 144
Identity Schemesp. 149
"Real" and "Fictitious" Persistencep. 156
Can We Justify Our Identity Scheme?p. 162
Minds and Bodiesp. 175
Introduction to Part Twop. 177
Foundations of Identityp. 181
Metaphysical Priorities and Epistemological Prioritiesp. 182
Body-Stagesp. 184
Temporal Partsp. 188
A Question of Prioritiesp. 192
Spatiotemporal Continuityp. 196
Analyzing Bodily Identityp. 201
Epistemological Prioritiesp. 202
Matter, Causality, and Stereotypes of Identityp. 211
Optimal Casesp. 211
Compositional and Causal Continuityp. 216
Stereotypes of Identityp. 227
A Sense of Unityp. 236
Criteria of Unityp. 236
Unity and Similarityp. 239
Conventionalismp. 244
An "Empiricist" Explanationp. 249
Focusing on Objectsp. 255
Conclusionp. 262
Natural Kinds and Natural Unitsp. 264
Kinds and Unitsp. 264
Kinds and Similarity Classesp. 267
Is the Class of Units a Kind?p. 270
Kinds and Individuationp. 274
The Basis of Kinds and Unitsp. 278
Constraints on Self-Identityp. 286
A Strange Identity Conceptp. 287
Metaphysical Constraintsp. 293
Pragmatic Constraintsp. 297
Psychological Constraintsp. 301
The Sense of Selfp. 307
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780195074741
ISBN-10: 0195074742
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 20th February 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.0  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.39