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Personal Identity in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

February 5, 2013

Those of you who want to pursue questions about personal identity further – especially within science fiction – might want to check out Joss Whedon‘s Dollhouse.


While the series is not up to the (very high) standard of Whedon’s Buffy or Firefly, it’s fairly entertaining and deals especially nicely with the upload/download questions about personal identity that are raised by Total Recall.

The philosophical literature on personal identity and uploading/downloading is a little thin, but check out the ubiquitous David Chalmers’ “The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis.” Also relevant is “Whole Brain Emulation,” by Nick Bostrom and co. You could, with more caution, read James Hughes’ “Brain Death and Technological Change: Personal Identity, Neural Prostheses and Uploading” as well as Mark Walker’s “Personal Identity and Uploading.”

  1. Amy Vander Wyst permalink

    BRING BACK FIREFLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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