As witnessed by recent films such as Fight Club and Identity, our culture is obsessed with multiple personality-a phemen raising intriguing questions about personal identity. This study offers both a full-fledged philosophical theory of personal identity and a systematic account of multiple personality. Gunnarsson combines the methods of analytic philosophy with close hermeneutic and phemelogical readings of cases from different fields, focusing on psychiatric and psychological treatises, self-help books, biographies, and fiction. He develops an original account of personal identity (the authorial correlate theory) and offers a provocative interpretation of multiple personality: in brief, multiples are right about the metaphysics but wrong about the facts.
Logi Gunnarsson is Professor of Philosophy at University of Potsdam, Germany.
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Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy
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