Body Theory vs. Memory Theory

Locke actually points out the idea of the body being

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Unformatted text preview: efines sameness of person. Locke even addresses that “one thing cannot have two beginnings of existence.“(Locke 207) Therefore, uploading Weirob’s consciousness is not a rebirth but a continuation. The objections of both theories are valid and seem to suggest a hybrid theory in which a person contains a combination of body and consciousness. Both the memory theory and the consciousness theory have discrediting objections, which go to suggest a new and possibly more suitable hybrid theory. All the places where the body theory and the memory theory fail seem to satisfy the hybrid theory. Locke’s continuity of consciousness theory has too many objections and not enough empirical evidence. The body theory lacked the importance of internal identity as a contributor to sameness of person. Recognizing themselves before opening their eyes show that people can identify sameness of person before examining their bodies. In the prince and cobbler example, Locke makes a statement about the body and its relation to identity: “The body too goes to the making the man, and would, I guess, to everybody determine the man in this case…he would be the same cobbler to everyone besides himself” (Locke 216). Locke actually points out the idea of the body being a representation of external identity. In the hybrid view, people need external and internal identity to establish sameness of person, meaning that people’s consciousness must be indestructibly linked with their physical bodies. The consciousness cannot survive unless within the correct body, and the body cannot survive without consciousness. In terms of survival, the hybrid view is stricter than both Locke’s theory and Weirob’s theory. Once Weirob’s body dies, her existence will end, because her consciousness cannot live without her body. Locke might object by bringing forth the idea of a whole ­body transplant, or the example of the prince and the cobbler. A supporter of the hybrid view would argue that the moment the prince’s consciousness is extracted from its body, the prince, as a person, dies, because the link between consciousness and body has been broken. When that consciousness is then implanted into the cobbler’s body...
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