John locke (1632-1704) said 'to find wherein personal identity consists, we must consider what person stands for' (locke, in set book, p 275) therefore, to recapitulate locke's philosophy on personal identity it is necessary to clarify how he inimitably used the term 'person' and consequently other words, such as. Apart from memory or consciousness, can any other trait of personal identity persist after the death of an individual how can a link between identity and ethics be established based on locke's model of personal identity what is the impact of locke's theory of identity in the. Distorted memories cause problems for locke's self-same theory of personal identity luis concepcion forum: university course essay author's caveat: i wrote this paper for an undergraduate class in modern philosophy editor's note: john locke's an essay concerning human understanding is available on this site. The two most important of these are locke's remarks in book iv, chapter 3 section 6 of an essay concerning human understanding that for all we know god could just as easily make matter fitly disposed to think as he could add thought to an immaterial substance the second is the revolutionary theory of personal identity. In an essay concerning human understanding, john locke considers the notion of personal identity he offers an account of what it means to be a person and what it means to say that a at time t1 is the same person at time t2 according to locke, a person is a rational thinking being identity.
Even though john locke is the most influential thinker in the discussion of personal identity, his account is usually thought to have been proved false by thomas reid's simple 'gallant officer' argument locke is tra- ditionally interpreted as holding that your having memories of a past person's thoughts or actions is. Free essay: although locke's theory of personal identity may be useful in the aforementioned circumstances, it does not cover every case suppose i had a. Of identity and diversity (abridged) by john locke edited by jack lynch the text is abridged from john locke's essay concerning human understanding , book 2, chapter 27 orthography has been modernized the paragraph numbers are locke's deletions are indicated with ellipses 1 wherein identity consists. That locke's theory of personal identity is meant to complement his moral and theological commitments to a system of divine ed john perry personal identity berkeley, los angeles, and london: university of california press, 1975 reid, thomas essays on the intellectual powers of man ed derek brookes university.
Essay ii john locke xxvii: identity and diversity eternal, unalterable, and everywhere and so there can be no doubt concerning his identity 2 each finite spirit had its determinate time and place regarding identity, and especially personal identity, to which 114 of consciousness, so personal identity depends entirely on. Identity and diversity in his essay concerning human understanding see references 7 see nimbalkar n, john locke on personal identity (2011) see references 8 take for example alzheimer's disease, dementia, false memory syndrome and amnesia, as discussed by frontino, l (2010) in her article “who am i an.
Locke's theory was presented in ch 27 of his essay concerning human understanding (1694 edition) the main texts are all found in personal identity ed john perry (1975, university of california) the cartesian ego 1 belief in immortality requires an unchanging core to personal identity 2 the cogito argument implies. To understand locke's concept of personal identity it is necessary to understand what he means by identity and what he means specifically by personal identity locke states there are three substances that we have ideas of and that have identities he defines idea in essay concerning human understanding as “ whatsoever. Philosophy essay chew 1 hansel chew dr joel krueger knowledge and reality ii 14 february 2014 personal identity: being the same person over time in an essay concerning human understanding, john locke argues that personal identity is constituted by the continuity of conscious memories this essay will address.
Since its appearance in the second edition of the essay concerning human understanding, locke's theory of personal identity has faced numerous objections, some of which have yet to be fully satisfied forstrom's john locke and personal identity attempts to address several of those objections from a. A summary of book ii, chapters xxiv-xxvi: ideas of relation in john locke's essay concerning human understanding learn exactly what happened in it is in the context of this discussion that locke presents his theory of personal identity, that is, his theory of what makes us the same person over time according to locke.
In this paper i want to reexamine an already very much discussed part of the philosophical literature, john locke's account of personal identity that is the paper's central target dialectically, and not for its own sake, the paper explores locke and personal identity via thomas reid's critique of the latter1 if i am right, usual. Apparently, locke's criterion for judging personal identity is the continuity of consciousness, or memory of a person over different times and places locke, john (2004) an essay concerning humane understanding, volume 1mdcxc, based on the 2nd edition, books 1 and 2 (kindle locations 1-2.