This anthology focuses upon a particular niche in metaphysics--the nature of human persons. The three sections of this anthology broadly focus around three issues: positive and negative arguments for dualism, alternatives to dualism, and whether or not life after death requires dualism. There are a total of fourteen essays, six for the first section, four a piece for the final two sections. Many of the authors are important `movers and shakers' in this area.
One of the nice things about this anthology is that most of the essays are relatively short. None are above twenty pages, and some are as short as twelve pages. This means that each essay does not endlessly sprawl on, and it is not too particularly taxing to finish in a sitting. Furthermore, all of the essays are interesting. I found several to be truly insightful (see, in particular, Olson's "A Compound of Two Substances"). There are many solid essays here, with only one (sadly) falling flat. Unlike some anthologies which contain dead in the water contributions, one could profit from a simple front to back reading of this text. The essays are not too terribly difficult. To be honest, this book would be a good (relatively) advanced introduction to the metaphysics of person. Most interested readers and undergraduates should be able to tackle any of the essays here. Furthermore, given the array of topics, the essays do not too narrowly focus on one particular issue and beat it to death. Most essays also have extensive footnotes so that one can easily see where to continue a study on the issues in that essay.
If there vices to this anthology, they are few. First, there is not a lot of interaction between the various authors. This is not to say that there are none, but most of the essays stand free from the rest. Second, several contributors--Foster, Hasker, Baker, and Cooper--provided concise and distilled introductions to their particular views... which they have espoused more extensively in books they have written. Thus, one not familiar with Foster's inductive argument for dualism will appreciate the introduction he provides here, but his essay does not seem to add anything he has not said already in his book. (For this reason, this book might not be as useful to one already familiar with the work of those philosophers.) But despite these relatively small qualms, I cannot but whole heartedly encourage the person interested in this area of philosophy to read through this anthology.