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Acta Analytica

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 329-341

First online:

Dissociative Identity: An Objection to Baker’s Constitution Theory

  • Edward Andrew GreetisAffiliated withSan Diego State University Email author 

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Abstract

One of the central problems of personal identity is to determine what we are essentially. In response to this problem, Lynne Rudder Baker espouses a psychological criterion, that is, she claims that persons are essentially psychological. Baker’s theory purports to bypass the problems of other psychological theories such as Dissociative Identity Disorder and the problem of individuating persons synchronically. I argue that the theory’s treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder leads to untenable results, is invalid, and consequently fails to individuate persons.

Keywords

Lynne rudder baker Personal identity Dissociative identity disorder Material constitution