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lecture 14 - Philosophy 262 Personal Identity and Memory...

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Philosophy 262 Personal Identity and Memory
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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) .
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A better criterion? (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 and A’s memory was caused ‘in the right way’ by the thought, action, or experience of B.
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Suppose that a young boy (YB) steals some apples from a neighbor's tree, and gets whipped for it. YB grows into a brave soldier (BS) who, while planting his country's flag at the site of an important victory, remembers his childhood whipping . Now, suppose BS becomes a famous general (FG), who, at his retirement dinner, reflects back on his famous planting of the flag, but can't for the life of him remember being whipped as a child . Then, according to Locke:
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