Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

The Psychological Approach to Personal Identity: Non-Branching and the Individuation of Person Stages

  • Anthony Brueckner (a1) and Christopher T. Buford (a2)
  • DOI:
  • Published online: 01 April 2009

We begin by discussing some logical constraints on the psychological approach to personal identity. We consider a problem for the psychological approach that arises in fission cases. The problem engenders the need for a non-branching clause in a psychological account of the co-personality relation. We look at some difficulties in formulating such a clause. We end by rejecting a recently proposed formulation of non-branching. Our criticism of the formulation raises some interesting questions about the individuation of person stages.

Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

Anthony Brueckner 's “Branching in the Psychological Approach to Personal Identity” (Analysis, 65 [2005]: 294301).

Harold Noonan 's article is “Nonbranching and Circularity—Reply to Brueckner” (Analysis, 66 [2006]: 163–77).

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
  • URL: /core/journals/dialogue-canadian-philosophical-review-revue-canadienne-de-philosophie
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *