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lecture 13 - Philosophy 262 Locke on Personal Identity...

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Unformatted text preview: Philosophy 262 Locke on Personal Identity Locke’s ‘memory’ criterion for PI (M) A is the same person as B if and only if A can remember some thought, action, or experience had or done by B (or vice versa) . Is (M) satisfactory? (a) A good criterion can't be circular or question-begging. (b) A good criterion must satisfy certain general conditions required for an identity relation : for example, if A is the same person as B, then B is the same person as A; and if A is the same person as B, and B is the same person as C, then A is the same person as C. (c) A good criterion must satisfy our deep and considered views about when it is that persons are identical. What are these deep and considered views? " Person" is a "forensic" term, appropriating actions and their merit…And therefore whatever past actions it cannot reconcile or appropriate to that present self by consciousness, it can be no more concerned in, than if they had never been done …for suppose a man punished now for what he had done in another life,...
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