The simplicity of the simple approach to personal identity

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I provide a simple solution to the problem of determining the characterising feature(s) of the simple approach to personal identity, sometimes also called the simple view: instead of focusing on claims regarding the analysability, reducibility, or triviality of the concepts used in simple theories of personal identity, I propose instead a metaphysical criterion to define this approach. In particular, I claim that the simple approach is (best seen as) that family of theories according to which personal identity is a relation that essentially depends on a mereologically simple (or impartite) entity the existence and features of which may be known directly (e.g., by introspection) or indirectly (e.g., by deduction from a series of other premises).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPisa Colloquium in Logic, Language and Epistemology
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honour of Mauro Mariani and Carlo Marletti
EditorsLuca Bellotti, Luca Gili, Enrico Moriconi, Giacomo Turbanti
PublisherEdizioni E.T.S.
ISBN (Print)9788846755193
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • Personal identity
  • identity
  • simple view
  • soul
  • mereological simplicity


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