chapter  5
Identity and Personal Identity
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Discussions of personal identity typically take it for granted that the problem is easy to characterize and clearly intelligible, and concentrate on explaining its various possible solutions. So far this discussion has been no exception. In this chapter, however, I want to get clearer about what the problem is, and about its relation to problems about identity over time more generally. I shall also devote part of the discussion to an examination of the distinction between the Simple and the Complex Views of personal identity-which will turn out to be, not one distinction at all, but a conflation of (at least) three different distinctions.