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lecture 15 - Philosophy 262 Personal Identity and Bodily...

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Unformatted text preview: Philosophy 262 Personal Identity and Bodily Continuity 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) . 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. Even better? (M**) A is the same person as B if and only if A and B are ‘ linked by memory ’: that is, There is a series of persons P1…Pn, such that A can remember some T,A,E of P1, P1 can remember some T,A,E of P2...Pn-1 can remember some T,A,E of Pn and Pn can remember some T,A,E of B (and the memories are "caused in the right way"). Some further questions How many character/personality traits are enough? Should they be weighted by importance? Importance to whom? Locke on the Prince and the Cobbler Should the soul of a prince, carrying with it the consciousness of the prince’s past life, enter and inform the body of a cobbler, as soon as deserted by his own soul, everyone sees he would be the same person with the prince , accountable only for the prince’s actions…” (Essay, Ch. 27, Section 15) Consider the question:...
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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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