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The collection is made up of contributions supporting either simple or complex approaches to the question of personal identity. While the latter approach (also sometimes referred to as reductionism) is about explicating the notion of personal identity by pointing out to other phenomena, the former (called also non--reductionism) is based on the premise that personal identity cannot be explicated by any other term for it is simple and unanalyzable. Yet, in both cases, there is no room for doubt about personal identity as such because it is taken for granted and no position denying it is discussed in the volume (which explains why Hume, for example, is seldom referred to).
The collection is divided into three sections, each consisting of four essays. Those of the first outline the framework of the discussion on personal identity; the next four (plus one reply) contain arguments for one or another of the approaches (simple or complex); the last set of essays focus more specifically on elaborating the simple view. This is a deliberate step, since, as we are informed from the very beginning, "the simple view is poorly understood, and therefore deserves more attention than it has received so far" (an opinion already voiced in 2010 by Olson) (1).
In the Introduction, the editors clarify, first, that the so--called problem of personal identity can in fact embrace four distinct questions (i.e. biographical or narrative identity, personhood, metaphysical nature or, finally, diachronic identity) and, secondly, that epistemic criteria of personal identity are not to be confused with ontic criteria. In other words, finding out if there is an identity between two persons is a different issue from whether they actually are one and the same person. A person can still be the same even if she is no longer recognizable. For example, "[b]iological and psychological continuity may be regarded as epistemic criteria for diachronic identity, but they are neither necessary nor sufficient conditions for personal identity" (3). As it is stated clearly, the book is a consideration of personal identity in its ontic dimension. The Introduction in itself is a useful account of what the debate on personal identity currently is about and not just -- as it is often the case -- a mere summary of the essays included in the volume. The editors present there main issues, tenets and arguments, as well as the problems raised by the complex (both in its biological and psychological versions) and the simple approaches.
Chapter 1 ("Chitchat on personal identity" by D. Barnett) is modeled on Plato's dialogue form (consequently with no bibliography at all). Two twin brothers are trying to find out which of them is the person on the photo they find in their attic. From this they engage into asking more and more questions about how to determine personal identity. They tackle the role of the brain, sensory experience (past and present), body, sensations, feelings, beliefs, memories, intellect as well as other features of a conscious being or personality traits. In order to grasp the core of the personal identity they proceed by a progressive elimination. The outcome is quite Platonic because we arrive at the following aporia: ""[...] How in the world could I be a squad?" -- "In some sense it seems possible; in some sense it doesn't [...]"" (42). With this dictum it seems that there would be no possible clear--cut response since, as it emerges from the dialogue, the complex as well as simple view has each its own descriptive advantages and flaws.
"In search of the simple view" by Eric T. Olson is an attempt at both determining the common denominator of the complex and simple views and finding a distinction between the two positions (for example while it could seem that a denial that our identity can be indeterminate is common to all advocates of the simple view, it appears that also some supporters of the complex view say the same). The main distinction would be to accept or reject such a thing as a criterion of identity, hence the complex view amounts to criterialism and the simple view to anti--criterialism. Olson spells out why for example Cartesianism is wrongly considered as a paradigm case of a simple view, while in fact it is a version of criterialism and, consequently, of the complex view (unless, as he states, Cartesianism would claim that although "personal identity consists in identity of soul, identity of soul insists in nothing" (56) -- yet this position, called bruteness, is denied by some Cartesians). Olson discusses next the confusion between evidential and constitutive criteria of personal identity. This happens when conditions used for judging about personal identity are taken to be constitutive for it. In conclusion Olson appeals to the fact that philosophers disagree about explanatory demands as well as about questions to be answered. Since "some philosophers expect more facts to be explained than others do, and there is probably some correlation between this and whether one holds a view classified as complex or one classified as simple" (62), it is hard to elucidate satisfactorily a criterion distinguishing both kinds of view and, as he concludes, "[t]he simple view remains elusive" (62). It could however be asked if the complex view is not elusive as well, not to speak about the divide itself between both views.
In "Personal identity, indeterminacy and obligation" Ryan Wasserman examines the indeterminacy argument as it is stated by Parfit ("it is possible for questions about personal identity to lack determinate answers" (63)). Opponents argue that since personal identity cannot be indeterminate, complex view must be wrong. But the premise itself, i.e. that personal identity cannot be indeterminate, is rarely discussed. At first glance, it seems that it cannot be indeterminate and, as Wasserman says, "something deep inside of me says that there must be an answer" (64). Even if only intuitive, this conviction is so strong that it should be examined. There are several versions of the complex view (depending on what is referred to as the basis of the identity), but all of them are referring to the continuity or connectedness -- which, in turn, is a vague criterion ("[h]ow continuous does a series need to be to be continuous?", 65). Wasserman appeals to the notion of obligation, especially moral obligation in order to show that if identity is indeterminate, obligation would be indeterminate too, and this cannot be accepted. Yet again he relies on intuition claiming that question of obligations must be determinately answered. Otherwise many issues in moral matters turn out to be indeterminate too. Wasserman falsifies the complex view by refuting the indeterminacy obligation which results from the indeterminacy of personal identity which, in turn, results from the complex view (this is what he calls the indeterminacy argument). Although the indeterminacy argument is subject to both epistemicist and subjectivist response these two in turn are subject to objections presented by Wasserman. His conclusion is however a bit disappointing or, at least, too poetical, as he ends with the following paragraph: "If personal identity is genuinely indeterminate, then that is all we can ask for. Perhaps that is all we need." (81).
Another attempt at clarifying the distinction between the complex and the simple view is presented in "Personal identity and its perplexities" by Harold W. Noonan. After reformulating the question about personal identity into one about the necessary condition for being person Noonan sets the distinction between the simple and the complex view of identity as considered diachronically. The main part of the paper is centred on the indexicality of the concept of a person, that is that personal identity is one's own: it is mine, yours, his etc. In the course of his discussion he declares himself a psychological continuer theorist. Finally Noonan argues against indeterminacy -- a theme touched upon already in Wasserman's paper -- that could be involved in personal identity. He underlines the difference between questions about personal identity and questions about the conditions of personhood, and he distinguishes indeterminacy as related to the "person", into epistemic indeterminacy and ontic indeterminacy. Although he applies his conceptual distinctions throughout the analysis in the last part of the paper I do not see where, if at all, he concludes.
In part II Richard Swinburne ("How to determine which is the true theory of personal identity") by analyzing what is metaphysically possible and particularly logically possible wants to determine which of two -- simple or complex -- theories of personal identity is true. And so he starts with a clarification on logical necessity, the possibility and impossibility of sentences. From there he tries to solve the disagreement between the complex and simple theorists by way of determining if either of them accepts the logical impossibility of personal identity as understood by them. He therefore analyses the expression "is the same person as" applying it to both theories. Swinburne -- unlike complex theorists who focus on continuity of body, memory and character -- points out to "direct awareness of personal identity" which is linked to a sort of "overlapping conscious events [that] are experiences of the same person, from which it follows that any stream of such events are also experiences of the same person" (114). That kind of awareness is, so to speak, undeniable and "can only be described as an awareness of himself as a continuing subject of experience" (114). I could therefore think that identity is a logical consequence of the notion of subject. By virtue of being a subject a person is ""immune to error though (sic!) misidentification"" (119). In a word, he who uses the word "I" when referring to his experiences knows the essence of that word because he is the subject of the experiences that happen to him. And yet his knowledge of how to use "I" is not determined by "any continuity of brain, memory of character" (119). Finally, Swinburne, if I understand him correctly, associates the "I" with all the experiences, establishing it as the human soul. As he concludes, "the only essential properties necessary for a person to exist are the essential properties of any soul, which -- I suggest -- are simply the one property of having (in some sense) a capacity to be conscious" (122). One might ask, however, whether or not these essential properties are to be identified in their content with the above--mentioned existential experiences. But this is a point that Swinburne does not address.
Sydney Shoemaker ("Against simplicity") first argues for complex identity of other things than persons, trees in his case. He arrives at Lockean claim that "[t]emporally proximate instantiations of the property must belong to the same tree, since otherwise we would have different trees, occupying the same place at the same time" (127), and, thereby, tree must exist as spatio--temporally continuous. This is why, Shoemaker suggests, "[t]he diachronic unity relation cannot be simple and unanalyzable if its obtaining requires spatio--temporal continuity or causal connectedness" (129). From there on, Shoemaker applies his argument to personal identity. He claims that in this case too, its persistence over time "consists in phenomena occurring over a period of time and depends on successive stages of the behaviour being manifested by one and the same person" (130) or else we would be led to extreme skepticism in judging other minds. (I wonder if he is not confusing the epistemic and ontic requirements here.) Shoemaker goes on claiming that "[a]ny state, psychological or not, necessarily belongs to the thing of which it is a subject, and so gets its identity from the identity of its subject" (132) -- now I wonder what remains of the subject of, for instance, memory if the subject is devoid of it on and in what sense memory is direct (see 130) if it is just a state that belongs to its subject. The former need not entail the latter, as directness and belonging seem to be different categories. Moreover, this is all the more intriguing because later on Shoemaker avoids or reformulates circularity by the notion of holism[]: but, as far as I understand holism and apparently Shoemaker too ("[t]he nature of the properties and the nature of the persistence conditions of the things that have them cannot be explained independently of one another", 135), what is included under that label is one and indivisible, hence simple, and it is separable only conceptually. Similarly, if "in the most cases our concept of a property is far from including a full specification of its causal profile" (135)[], it should be shown that the relation between "the nature of the trans--temporal identity and the nature of the causal profiles of the properties" (135) is ontic and not only epistemic. If the former is the case -- as Shoemaker would have us believe ("a conceptual holism"[]) -- it would rather give more strength to the simple than the complex view of identity.
E. J. Lowe's ("The probable simplicity of personal identity") two main points are that (1) the simple view of identity is more probable than the complex, and as such the simple view is nothing more than the most plausible option, and (2) diachronic and synchronic identity are not different sorts of identity. According to Lowe anyone who wants to avoid epistemic presuppositions about identity or difference between two persons is in serious need of a criterion of personal identity. Yet, Lowe is careful in making assumptions whether or not such criterion can successfully be found. Sections on logical identity (especially with reference to Frege's two--level identity criteria) are followed by remarks on what a person is. Since the essence of a person has been understood differently by different philosophers, this has given rise to different conceptions of person's identity. Persons -- apart from being "or at least capable of being, aware of" (145) herself -- "are not really a single kind of thing" (145). In what follows Lowe discusses Locke's criterion of personal identity together with Reid's and Butler's charges of circularity made against it, along with the criticism which, as he says, applies to any psychological account of personal identity, namely: if personal identity is based on experiences and experiences are properties of a person, then the criterion is circular because "we cannot both individuate persons in terms of their experiences [...] and individuate personal experiences in terms of the persons having them" (150). Lowe's view is that a person is an entity, with distinctive properties such as thought and feeling, rather than a mere property or feature of some other thing, for example of his brain. If therefore "persons really are fundamental in our ontological scheme [...], then we simply should not expect to be able to appeal to other entities of suitable kinds in their case" (152). Accordingly, even if this is hard to prove a negative thesis like the simplicity thesis, skepticism about the reality of persons is not to be recommended by any means. But given that complex accounts are proven flawed, the simple theory of personal identity seems to be the better option. The last section of the paper is devoted to an objection made to Lowe's argument against neo--Lockean criterion by Shoemaker. Chapter 8 in turn, is a one--page reply to Lowe by Shoemaker.
Martine Nida--Rümelin in "The non--descriptive individual nature of conscious beings" starts by distinguishing conscious (also called experiencing) individuals from other kinds of individuals (such as material objects) in virtue of the former's having a non--descriptive individual nature. Having a non--descriptive individual nature means that "the constitutional basis of [a conscious beings'] existence is non--descriptive" (160), which amounts to saying that such constitutional basis "can only be described using a rigid designator which directly or indirectly refers to" (161) it. While in the case of material (i.e. non--conscious) individuals there is no hidden feature of their existence, in the case of conscious individuals "every formulation of the constitutional basis of [their] existence requires rigid reference to" (165) them themselves. In other words, while there may exist a perfect counterpart for a material object, in the case of a conscious being its only perfect counterpart is that very being itself. The being of a person consists in "living that person's life [...] experienc[ing] the world from that person's perspective [...] hav[ing] that person's body, and [...] enjoy[ing] that person's pleasures" (168). However, "from one's perspective" is not to be taken psychologically, e.g. imagining to be like someone in some important respects or imagining to be in someone's situation. It rather refers to the fact of being the very subject of experiencing, i.e. that subject that exists rather than non--exists, especially because, for that particular subject, it is fundamentally different whether he exists or not. Similarly, the mental activity of a person is non--descriptive because the only way to grasp it is to refer to that person's mental activity. And referring to her own being itself means referring to what is her personal identity. As she puts it, "[t]he difference lies in nothing but who is experiencing that life" (173) with the manifest corollary that "according to our understanding of what it is to be an experiencing subject, it is essential for being an experiencing subject that one's individual nature is non--descriptive" (173). In the final part of her paper Nida--Rümelin refers to elements of her more general position wherein, it seems to me, she is close to a Heideggerian approach. For she writes: "the nature of what it is to be an experiencing subject is revealed to us by being a subject of experience" (176), and even more explicitly: "[i]n order to find out what it is to be an experiencing subject, we need not wait for any scientific discovery: we simply have to uncover what we implicitly knew all along" (176), which could also be compared with C. G. Jung's claim that "one understands nothing psychological unless one has experienced it oneself".
In "Personal identity: a not--so--simple simple view" Lynne Rudder Baker starts from the claim that being essentially a person means being a person at any time she exists (we can not think about still existing without being person). She takes the simple view, yet in a way different from the standard case, according to which persons are immaterial. For Baker person is embodied with the ability to think of herself as herself. The body is her support for person--level activities with the unique feature that they are first--personal (not--persons share only third--personal persistence conditions). As she writes, "[...] first--person perspective is a property instance that cannot be divided or duplicated. So, a molecule--for--molecule replica of [one's] body would not have [his] first--person perspective" (182). What she calls her not--so--simple simple view is this: "a person is a being with a first--person perspective essentially and persists as long as her first--person perspective is exemplified" (182) with the qualification that she must possess mechanism supporting her first--person reference to herself as herself. One of the differences between her and other simple views is that Baker admits a degree of identity, because human persons come into existence gradually. Another one is that she admits parts of persons although they should be understood only as ordinary -- and not mereological -- parts. The fact that there are no informative criteria of personal identity (because personhood is a basic property and because it is not susceptible to a non--personal or sub--personal account) should not be a concern. This is the very fact that so far as human beings are irreducible persons, any informative persistence conditions must be avoided. Baker ends by listing six of several uniquely human features (e.g. having self--narratives, having war crimes, international courts and human rights) that emerge from those shared with non--human animals. They are meant to be the evidence of "an ontological difference between human and animals" (191). I wonder, however, to what extent she adopted a similar approach to that of Nicolai Hartmann, who insisted in his work on strata of reality by referring to their ontological features.
Christian Kanzian ("Is "person" a sortal term?") explores to what extent "person" can be understood as a sortal term in the analysis of personal identity and once again addresses the opposition between the complex and the simple views. Although he is concerned more with semantics, he remarks in his introduction that "[a]n absolute complex view is impossible" (193), because -- here Kanzian could have referred to Aristotle -- we cannot go back in infinitum. Since one must stop at some point, its supporters, so Kanzian claims, "might start with a complex view, but end as supporters of simple, non--analyzable units, whatever they are" (193). After discussing arguments in favour of person--not--being--a--sortal--term claim (its ancestor being Gilbert of Poitiers who claimed that personhood is something added to the human being, hence personhood is accidental) which is flawed because an accidental term has no identification function and for this reason cannot be the ground one refers to, then in favour of person--being--a--sortal--term claim (its ancestor being Boethius for whom person is a substance--kind), also flawed because it switches to dualism, and finally "the don't care" view (which is flawed by being semantically inconsistent; this is the case of Peter Singer), Kanzian passes on to setting "person" as a semantically unique term. Although there are no empirical criteria connected with "person", it is dependent on other terms, which means that "person" is an incomplete one. Being dependent on something else does not amount however to being reducible to something else. In other words, while "person" can be dependent conceptually it does not mean that person is reducible ontologically. Hence Kanzian's conclusion: "diachronic personal identity [...] must be simple [...] but dependent in a unique way on something which is not simple: for example on human identity. It is incomplete in nature, because of its essential dependence on something complex." (203)
Dean Zimmerman in "Materialism, dualism, and "simple" theories of personal identity", the longest paper of the volume, after presenting a detailed background of the complex/simple theory controversy (e.g. he discusses Parfit's mentioning of Chisholm as non--reductionist) and setting a new definition of reductionism, puts forward a thesis about "the supervenience of personal identity upon microphysical facts, or upon microphysical facts supplemented only by "impersonal" psychological facts" (212). This thesis is next analyzed in two versions: physicalist and non--physicalist reductionism with a separate paragraph in which Zimmerman offers thought experiments to test whether materialism is a better option than dualism. This is yet another paper that concludes with an aporia ("loose ends and confessions" in Zimmerman's wording), since while some arguments are inconclusive as to providing "reasons for believing in a dualism of persons and bodies [...], other considerations push [...] toward dualism" (234).
Hud Hudson ("The morphing block and diachronic personal identity") looks for the best criterion of diachronic personal identity and such that would be understood as constitutive rather than epistemic. He examines the issue from the materialist position ("a human person is identical to a certain, highly organized, material object", (237)) and more particularly by analyzing perdurantism (object is extending in four dimensions and composed of temporal as well as spatial parts) and endurantism (object is an entity extending in three spatial dimensions) approaches. Hudson presents then a conception of time because the concept of diachronic personal identity is strongly determined by how time is understood. For instance, to assume that only present and past things exist (growing block theory) is largely different from assuming that only present and future things exist (shrinking block theory). Hudson carries on his analysis from a substantivalist position, i.e. identifying "times hyperplanes, and incorporat[ing] a certain independence or recombination principle for space--time points", taking "space--time to be a concrete particular with an ontological status not reducible to relations between material objects" and "identif[ying] space--time and its extended sub--regions with either pluralities or else fusions of uncountably many, simple, unextended, space--time points" (240). Such morphing block theory is the most promising alternative for "the theories of personal identity that share the causal dependence requirement" (248). Although Hudson presents a series of charges against that position, the morphing block option makes possible a simple view of identity without resort to the causal dependence requirement.
Taken as a whole this is an amazing collection of papers. It mirrors the intricacy of the topic and, since both parties are similarly convincing, a reader can feel lost which of two views to adopt. One can have -- at least I had -- the same impression as after reading one of Plato's early dialogues: now I know no more what personal identity is.[] The fact that there is little, if at all, dogmatism on either side is to be praised because this makes the book philosophically fruitful. For example after having read it an impression can be that the divide between simple and complex view is not as straightforward as it would be expected: in the diversity of viewpoints there is much more than a clear--cut dichotomy. Moreover, some papers are only sketches or investigations of sort with no ambition of reaching a strict conclusion. We find a good deal of provisional solutions (not to speak about papers with no solution at all), hesitations, queries, confessions and so on. In this sense the book is aporetical in its very character. This is not surprising given the nature and essence of personal identity. Whether simple or complex it seems that there is a thing such as personal identity.[] Alternatively one could say that either view can be accurate, depending on what perspective is taken. For instance, Plato, similarly to some extent, hesitates whether the soul is simple (monoeides) or composite (polueides). Apparently the former is more useful in explaining the persistence of the soul, while the second fits better in spelling out the internal conflict. Finally, one could also wonder if the entire question about personal identity being simple or complex is not erroneously formulated.
My main concern is to see that feelings, or if you will, the whole of the affective life, i.e. affectivity, is used so little, if at all, throughout the chapters of the book. This is all the more surprising because some authors refer to what they call experience, yet without explicating what they understand by that term. I would be inclined to think that the notion of experience includes affectivity but this does not go without saying and therefore should be elucidated. Some remarks made by supporters of both the simple as well as -- and this is extremely interesting -- the complex view relating to experience give the impression that affectivity could be conceived of as their common denominator. Affectivity -- unless I am mistaken, in which case I would say experience -- emerges as a crucial element in revealing the essence of personal identity. For example Shoemaker does not use that category, yet he claims that, for instance, "identity judgment appears to be one I know to be true without the use of any criterion of identity. My knowledge of it seems to be direct and not grounded on evidence of identity of any sort." (130) I am willing to believe that knowledge mentioned here is not only of intellectual character but has also an experiential component which, in turn, is not entirely devoid of an affective side.
Last not least, the issue of personal identity with a couple of points discussed in the volume has been interestingly presented -- though in a literary form -- for example by Thomas Mann in his novel Transposed Heads. For a reader of it several passages of the volume may seem repetitive, especially when one thinks about examples of thought experiments of removing and transplanting one's brain/head into/onto another's body.
As it is, the volume is rich and offers much food for thought. It is impressive how the contributors argue in different ways for either of two views discussed. Yet since the arguments are often fine--grained, this book is not easy to read. I would rather recommend it as a starting--point or inspiring stimulation for a further inquiry into personal identity.
For a similar procedure of reshaping what is believed to be a vicious circle by means of holism -- though in a different realm -- see B. W. Helm, Emotions and Motivation: Reconsidering Neo-Jamesian Accounts in: Peter Goldie (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion, Oxford 2010, p. 313: "[t]he circularity of the account is therefore a normal part of such holism and is not at all vicious".
A similar concern is expressed by M. Evans, A Partisan's Guide to Socratic Intellectualism in: S. Tenenbaum (ed.). Desire, practical reason, and the good, Oxford 2010, p. 22: "each of us has an infinite number of beliefs, most of which are so complex that no mortal creature could ever succeed in expressing them".
For a similar mutual causal relationship between character and emotions see Aristotle: earlier emotions determine later character which, in turn, determines subsequent emotions and so on, and so forth.
As a matter of fact, not only early dialogues -- a feeling of similar dizziness recurs in Theaetetus's famous passage (155c: "sometimes when I regard them it really makes my head swim", transl. H. N. Fowler).
The fact that there is no clear solution reached (or even reachable) should not be considered as an argument against personal identity as such. One could easily appeal to a case of competing particle and wave theories of light. Nobody should infer from that duality in explanation that there is no such thing as light.
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