Anarchy, State, and Utopia: the moral basis
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Personal identity is only one problem among many in the general area of identity, but it is a particularly important and sometimes psychologically pressing one, and Nozick devotes it in the first chapter of the book Philosophical Explanations. His own contribution is the 'closest continuer' theory of identity over time. The closest continuer theory is introduced as a general theory of identity, but embedded in a discussion of personal identity, which is clearly Nozick's main interest. He focuses on 'Ties and Caring'. Basically we care for our closest continuer, but we also care for other continuers, provided they are close enough, in proportion to their closeness. The overlap problem that Nozick distinguishes local and global versions of his theory, where the global takes, as it were, a wider perspective is also reviewed. In the course of distinguishing between local and global versions of his theory Nozick inserts a subsection on 'Structuring Philosophical Concepts'.