First, Second, and Other Selves: Essays on Friendship and Personal Identity

2017.03.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jennifer Whiting, First, Second, and Other Selves: Essays on Friendship and Personal Identity, Oxford University Press, 2016,
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2017.03.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jennifer Whiting, First, Second, and Other Selves: Essays on Friendship and Personal Identity, Oxford University Press, 2016, 261pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199967919. Reviewed by David O. Brink, University of California, San Diego This is the first of three volumes of Jennifer Whiting's collected papers and focuses on issues about personal identity and friendship. The volume's eight essays are all previously published, but in disparate venues, so the volume allows the reader to see the cumulative force of ideas developed piecemeal and recurrent themes. Whiting herself identifies three such themes. First, she focuses on psychic contingency and variability, which is sometimes a symptom of pathology but often a reminder that familiar assumptions of moral psychology are neither universal nor necessary. Second, she explores Aristotle's conception of the friend as another self and its significance for our. . .

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