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Points of Concern

Simon Beck


Raymond Martin’s Self-Concern (New York: Cambridge University

Press, 1998)1 sets out to put the debate around personal identity on to

a new footing. He acknowledges the ground-breaking work of Derek

Parfit which shifted the general focus from questions of strict identity

to the question of what it is that really should matter in survival, but

he thinks the focus should shift further than just this. His book sets

out to endorse ‘a shift in the philosophical debate from the normative

question of whether this or that should matter in survival to the largely

descriptive question of what … actually does or might be brought to

matter’ (x).

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