As witnessed by recent films such as Fight Club and Identity, our culture is obsessed with multiple personality—a phenomenon raising intriguing questions about personal identity. This study offers both a full-fledged philosophical theory of personal identity and a systematic account of multiple personality. Gunnarsson combines the methods of analytic philosophy with close hermeneutic and phenomenological readings of cases from different fields, focusing on psychiatric and psychological treatises, self-help books, biographies, and fiction. He develops an original account of personal identity (the authorial correlate theory) and offers a provocative interpretation of multiple personality: in brief, "multiples" are right about the metaphysics but wrong about the facts.

part |2 pages

Part I Introduction

chapter 1|3 pages

Am I Alone in My Body?

chapter 2|11 pages

Multiple Personality

chapter 3|24 pages

Personal Identity

part |2 pages

Part II Diachronic Identity

chapter 4|13 pages

What Am I Fundamentally?

chapter 5|6 pages

Empirical Discernability and Fission

chapter 6|9 pages

My Body

part |2 pages

Part III Multiple Personality and Individuation

chapter 10|13 pages

The Coexistence Thesis

chapter 11|12 pages

Sharing My Body

chapter 12|17 pages

A Criterion of Individuation

chapter 14|12 pages

Multiple Personality in Literary Discourses