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Who is the advocate of the Memory Theory? And what does the Memory Theory say about personal identity?
1. John Locke
2. He believed that personal identity is based on self-consciousness. (memories about one's former experiences)
What is wrong with you forgetting a memory from when you were 2 years old?
If we forget our memories, we cannot make the connection with our present-selves and the forgotten past stages of our former self.
Many times you THINK that you did something but in reality it never happened...why does the memory theory conflict with this?
These inaccurate memories are not a part of ourselves at all. (what happened to the REAL memory??)
What issue do we run into when trying to distinguish genuine memories?
We have to presuppose the existence of a persisting, self-identical person. The person having the memory must be the same as the person who had the experience.
The problem with explaining memory & the "problem of circularity"
We cannot use the concept of memory to explain personal identity, IF the only way to explain memory is to accept the concept of a personal identity. (Trying to use ONE theory...to explain another! While neither of them are completely accepted.)