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ISBN-13: 978-0520256422 ISBN-10: 0520256425 Edition: Second Edition

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John Perry is Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, co-host of the award-winning radio program "Philosophy Talk," and author of many books including Knowledge, Possibility, and Conciousness and Identity, Personal Identity, and the Self.
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  • Series: Topics in Philosophy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Second Edition edition (May 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520256425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520256422
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna Reader on August 15, 2010
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There are several other excellent collections of essays on the philosophical problem of personal identity over time;this is the only indispensable one. It contains Locke's seminal treatment of the problem, and the famous criticisms by Butler and by Read. Selections from Hume's Treatise includes the often omitted, enigmatic appendix (second thoughts). Bernard Williams' "The Self and the Future" and Derek Parfit's "Personal Identity" are probably the two most influential papers on personal identity in the last hundred years.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Maturin on January 18, 2012
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Personal identity has a long history, and so it's worth going back to John Locke, as Perry does. My hope for the second edition was that it would add enough contemporary philosophy to bring the anthology up to the present. After all, I would trust Perry to choose contemporary articles wisely. I'm disappointed that he opted to do very little of that. The new material in the second edition is:

(1) a new preface, explaining the significance of the additional articles;
(2) Sydney Shoemaker's "Persons and Their Pasts;" (1970)
(3) "Selections from the Clarke-Collins Correspondence" (a series of letters exchanged between 1706-8), excerpted by William Uzgalis;
(4) an article about that correspondence, written by Uzgalis, "Locke and Collins, Clarke and Butler, on Successive Persons;"
(5) "Williams on the Self and the Future," by John Perry (based on a 1976 review)
(6) The "Suggestions for Further Reading" on the last two pages of the book have been substantially updated. Many of those recommendations point us toward other anthologies, though. If you're looking for specific guidance, like, What are some excellent contemporary articles that advance this historical debate?, it isn't there.

The second edition preserves all of the material from the first edition.
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