PERSONS AND PERSONAL IDENTITY II

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Is personal identity just bodily identity? Apparently not. 1) I know who I am when I wake in the morning without checking to see if I have the same body . 2) I can imagine waking and finding that I have a different body from the one I had before. In what then does personal identity consist? The case of a baseball game. A baseball game consists of nine innings. They make up the stages of the game. The inning I am seeing now is part of the same game as the inning I saw earlier (before I fell asleep) so long as the score, the batting order, etc carry over from the earlier inning to the later one. Likewise, at any given time, a person is made up of a collection of thoughts and feelings ; and the same person exists now as earlier so long as the thoughts , feelings occurring now are appropriately connected to the thoughts , feelings, etc occurring earlier. This is the Psychological Bundle ’ Theory of Persons (due to David Hume historically). Question
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2012 for the course PSY 303 taught by Professor Lewis during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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