Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
-- Will Rogers

Kathleen Wallace

The Network Self: Relation, Process, and Personal Identity

Table of Contents



1. Introduction to the Network Self

  1. Basic Thesis
  2. The Practical and the Metaphysical
  3. Origins: Relational and Temporal Self Theories
  4. The Basic Thesis: The Self as Network and Process
  5. Practical Implications
  6. Other Relational Self Theories
  7. Pragmatism

2. The Relational Process Self: The Cumulative Network Model

  1. Preliminaries
  2. The Relational Self: the Cumulative Network Model (CNM)
  3. Network Relationality
  4. Relational Self in Process: A Cumulative Whole
  5. Affinities

3. Identity and the Network Self

  1. Introduction
  2. Identity and Indiscernibility
  3. Identity over Time
  4. Numerical Unity and Network Preservation
  5. Characterization
  6. Practical Implications of the Cumulative Network Model of the Self

4. Fusion and Fission: Thought Experiments, Persons and Personal Identity

  1. Introduction
  2. Fusion: Brain Transplant of One Self into the Body of Another Self
  3. Fission, Teleporting, and Swampman
  4. Prudential Concern for Future Selves
  5. Concluding Remarks

5. First Person Perspective and Reflexive Selves

  1. Introduction
  2. Pragmatic Reflexivity
  3. Self As Reflexive Community
  4. Reflexive Communication, Preliminaries
  5. Relational Self as Active: Me and I
  6. Reflexive Activity as Interpretation
  7. Reflexive Activity as Reflexive Communication
  8. Looking Ahead: Reflexive Communication and Autonomy

6. Autonomy and the Network Self

  1. Introduction
  2. Autonomy as Self-rule
  3. Self-Rule: Individual and the State
  4. Reflexive Communication as Root of Autonomy
  5. Autonomy, Hierarchy, and Subjective Authority
  6. Autonomy, Authenticity, and Identity
  7. Autonomy, Social Norms, and Socialization
  8. Autonomy and Power
  9. Examples of Autonomy as Self-Governance Through Norm-Generation
  10. Constraints on Autonomy
  11. Autonomy: Contemporary Discussions
  12. Summing Up

7. Responsibility and the Network Self

  1. Introduction
  2. Reidentification and Agential Responsibility
  3. Agential Ownership
  4. Responsibility Ascription and Distribution in Fusion and Fission Thought Experiments
  5. Forward Looking Responsibility and the Incomplete Self
  6. The Network Self and Responsibility in Collective Contexts
  7. Some Objections
  8. Conclusion