Call for Papers: Concerning Personal Identity. Starting from Derek Parfit

P.O.I. – Points of Interest 3 (II/2018) (December)

The theme is to be developed in accordance with the criteria and terms further indicated, on the basis of the following considerations:

John Locke, in his redefinition of the concept of substance, began a reflection on personal identity free from the need for a metaphysical foundation of the subject, since he adopted a psychological criterion based on the continuity of memory. Shortly afterwards David Hume spoke of “bundles of perceptions”, starting a tradition that is still alive in the Anglo-Saxon world. Identity, therefore, became a frail construct. Is it really important to build the self as identity and self-awareness? By now, this seems to be a false problem. Reductionist perspectives, such as the one of Derek Parfit’s, make personal identity only a mean to preserve one’s own current psychological continuity in the future. What are the scenarios opened by the famous paradoxes formulated by Derek Parfit? How should identity be construed when the person ceases to be a subject? What are the ethical consequences of this rethinking of individuality?The review accepts papers that analyze the theme from a multidisciplinary point of view.
A non-binding list of possible aspects of this issue is provided below:

  • Identity as Psychological Continuity, starting from John Locke and David Hume’s critique;
  • Personal Identity in the psychoanalysis;
  • Contemporary theological perspectives on the concept of person;
  • Derek Parfit and the discussion opened by Reasons and Persons;
  • Ethical-political implications of reductionist approach;
  • Relations between Personal Identity and Selfhood;
  • Identity and Subject in the Digital World.

For procedures and terms of submission, kindly note the following:

  • All participants are required to send an abstract, which will undergo prior evaluation by the editorial staff and will be selected on the basis of its relevance to the issue as stated in the CFP.
  • Abstract (about 2,000 characters, including spaces) submission deadline is July 15, 2018.
  • The results of the evaluation will be communicated to each participant individually within a week after the expiry of the deadline.
  • Paper (20,000 – 60,000 characters, including spaces) submission deadline  is October 30, 2018.
  • The contributions must be unpublished and must not be simultaneously submitted to other journals for evaluation.
  • The languages accepted are: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish;

P.O.I. uses a system of double-blind peer-review.

All papers must contain: the name of the author, the title of the contribution, an abstract (up to 2,000 characters, including spaces) and 5 keywords, both in the language the article is written in and in English; they must also include the author’s e-mail address and a brief profile of his or her scientific activity.
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