10.27.04 - The Self

10.27.04 - The Self - Diversity: different, though possibly...

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Hume on the ‘Self’ 1. Every idea must come from an impression 2. An idea of ‘self’ must come from impressions that are invariable. 3. Our sensations, pain/pleasure, joy/grief, etc. don’t stay constant a. If we were happy all the time, would it still be happiness? I can never catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can observe any thing but the perception. [People] are nothing but a bundle or collection of different perceptions, which succeed each other with an inconceivable rapidity, and are in the perpetual flux and movement. (252) 4. Therefore, there is no idea of the self. What is personal identity? Two types: 1. Concerning thought and imagination 2. Concerning the passions or the concern we take in ourselves Hume is concerned with #1 here What do we mean by identity? Identity: (sameness) = invariable and uninterrupted
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Unformatted text preview: Diversity: different, though possibly closely connected So which should we attribute to the self? Let’s look at material identity as a model. 1. We take a mass and change it a little. 2. Doing so has destroyed its identity. 3. But the transition for us is so smooth that we rarely even notice. If we replace parts of a boat, does the boat have the same identity? What if we rebuilt a church, or a tree that grows. What about memory, can that save us? 1. Can you remember what you were thinking this time last year? 2. What about the liar who begins to believe her/his lies? 3. What about someone with amnesia? What about our bodies, can they help? 1. You have to sleep sometime. 2. DNA, right? But is your clone you?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course PHIL 1204 taught by Professor Jcpitt during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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10.27.04 - The Self - Diversity: different, though possibly...

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