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Was Jekyll Hyde?

Olson, E.T. (2003) Was Jekyll Hyde? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 66 (2). pp. 328-348. ISSN 0031-8205


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Many philosophers say that two or more people or thinking beings could share a single human being in a split-personality case, if only the personalities were sufficiently independent and individually well integrated. I argue that this view is incompatible with our being material things, and conclude that there could never be two or more people in a split-personality case. This refutes the view, almost universally held, that facts about mental unity and disunity determine how many people there are. I suggest that the number of human people is simply the number of appropriately endowed human animals.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Reprinted with permission from the International Phenomenological Society.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of Philosophy (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 06:27
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/771

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