What Are We?
A Study in Personal Ontology
Eric T. Olson
Reviews and Awards
"Olson presents all the serious options on personal ontology, together with the best reasons for and against them. And he shows that each of these options has implications for a wide variety of philosophical topics--not just personal identity over time--and also that those topics have implications for each of these options. What Are We? is clear enough to be of use to the philosophical novice, but sophisticated enough and fair enough to withstand the scrutiny of professional philosophers. For anyone who wants to understand the question "What are we?"--and who wants to see how to begin to answer that question in a principled way--there is to better guide than Olson's book."--Trenton Merricks, Times Literary Supplement
"This is a good book. Its philosophical sophistication and rigor should recommend it to anyone working on the metaphysics of persons, and its scope and readability should recommend it to anyone teaching metaphysics to upper level undergraduates or graduate students. Whether or not this is a question with an answer, accompanying Olson on his trip through the logical space it carves out is enjoyable and rewarding."--Michael O'Rourke, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews