Is Personal Identity Analysable?

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Trenton Merricks has argued that given endurantism personal identity is unanalysable in terms of psychological continuity, while Anthony Brueckner has argued against this claim. This article shows that neither philosopher has made a compelling case and also shows what it would take to settle the issue either way. It is then argued that whether personal identity is analysable or not may not be of crucial importance to those wanting to defend a psychological continuity approach to personal identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-316
Number of pages8
JournalActa Analytica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Endurantism
  • Personal identity
  • Psychological continuity theory
  • Trenton Merricks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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