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Why should we care about identity? -It’s hard to explain why our future selves matter to us without identity (but we do care) -Without identity, it’s hard to say how or whether I’m responsible for things “I” have done in the past MEMENTO: Locke: Personal identity is comprised of conscious memories A person is always conscious of what he thinks -If I can’t retrieve an idea consciously, then that idea is no long a part of me To defend his view, Locke attacks alternatives: No body or soul needed for identity Past lives: -If I can remember eating breakfast in Ancient Greece, then I am the person who did so—the memory is a part of me One body shared by two souls: -Bodily identity isn’t personal identity if we can imagine the same body occupied by multiple persons Prob for Locke: Reid’s challenge from transitivity Suggestion: Fine—this shows that personal identity is intransitive -Is this a good move? A necessary one? Can we reply Reid in some other way? Prob 2: False memories lead to circularity (see Hulk paper)
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Ames during the Fall '10 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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