The Essence of the Self: In Defense of the Simple View of Personal Identity

2015.07.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Geoffrey Madell, The Essence of the Self: In Defense of the Simple View of Personal Identity, Routledge, 2015, 144pp., $140.00
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2015.07.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Geoffrey Madell, The Essence of the Self: In Defense of the Simple View of Personal Identity, Routledge, 2015, 144pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138823945. Reviewed by Daniel Giberman, University of Gothenburg In his new book on personal identity, Geoffrey Madell addresses the question, "What is it for states of consciousness, whether they occur at the same time or whether they occur over time, to be the conscious states of a single self?" (7, italics in original). The answer he defends is that there are "no logically constitutive criteria of the identity of the self" (ix). Rather, Madell claims, personal identity is "basic and not further analysable" (ix). This is the Simple View. Madell holds that personal identity centrally concerns the nature of and relations among conscious states as they obtain "from the point of view of the experiencing subject" (7). This first-person-focused claim is a crucial premise. . .

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