Essay about John Locke : Identity And Diversity

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John Locke born on August 29, 1632, was an English philosopher who is well known for his theory of mind. In Chapter XXVII: Identity and Diversity, John Locke begins by saying that we only have ideas of three substances which are God, finite intelligence, and bodies. John Locke then goes on to state that personal identity also has to to do with the the string of consciousness and has nothing to do with remaining the same substance or matter which is either physical or mental. John Locke states, “When we consider something as existing at a given time and place and compare it with itself existing at another time, we are led to form the ideas of identity and diversity” (112). Meaning that one person can be only at one place at a certain time, and that he cannot be at two places at the same time. This leads us to our understanding of identity because the thing that you’ll experience will be unique to you. From this John Locke states that two things cannot have the same beginning because it would be impossible for two things to exist at the same place, and thus everyone has a different identity. Locke then goes on to state that philosophers only have ideas of three substances: God, finite intelligence, and bodies. He first begins to explain that since God is without a beginning, unalterable, and everywhere; therefore you cannot doubt God’s identity. Locke then states since each finite spirit had a place of beginning to exist, its relation to that time and place will always…

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