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Mind and Self in Western Culture Spring, 2012 Philosophy 262g
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Locke (1690): a person is a  thinking, intelligent  being, that has reason and reflection, and can  consider itself as itself, the same thinking thing, in  different times and places, which it does only by  that consciousness, which is inseparable from  thinking, and as it seems to me essential to it.  
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A further question What is it to be a thinking intelligent being , capable of having conscious thoughts and the ability to reason and reflect upon things; that is, a creature with a mind ?
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The nature of thinking, intelligent things: two views (A) Conscious thought and intelligence can occur only in non-physical entities that may normally be associated with bodies (but could exist even if those associated bodies were destroyed). (B) Conscious thought and intelligence can occur in certain purely physical entities (things composed solely of physical properties such as shape, size, mass) that are organized and function in certain special ways .
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thinking intelligent beings? Ourselves, obviously. But what about:
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2012 for the course PHIL 262g taught by Professor Yaffe during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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