Body Theory vs. Memory Theory

However when that continuity of consciousness is

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Unformatted text preview: Two hours later, sitting in class, this person is still pondering over the break ­up, recalling the details of the split. This person is the same person as the person who just broke up with his or her significant other, because, as Locke would argue, the same stream of consciousness remains. However, when that continuity of consciousness is interrupted due to a lapse in memory, doubts are raised about Locke’s theory. People may remember their 25th birthday when they are 28, but they may not remember their 6th birthday. However, when they were 7, they remembered their 6th birthday. Therefore, people’s consciousness is split up into fragmented memories. Due to the objection that one’s stream of memory can be interrupted, Locke should modify his theory to be if and only if there are direct or indirect memory connections between person A and person B, then person A is person B.1 Weirob might object and inquire as to whether amnesiacs, people whose memories completely blackout an entire time period of time from their lives, count as single persons or multiple people compiled in one body. Given that there exists a significant memory lapse in amnesiacs’ lives, Locke would suppose that amnesiacs are two different people before and after their diagnoses of amnesia. What Locke constitutes as the sameness of person is more abstract in comparison to Weirob’s view, which is that the body determines a person, not the consciousness. Unlike Locke, Weirob’s theory regards the physical, observable body as the one and only determinant for sameness of person. Say person A and person B exist as two different people. The two of them switch psyches, so person A now has person B’s psyche and vice ve...
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