The Specific Criterias Of Personal Identity

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The specific criteria of personal identity regards the essential conditions for a person at one point in time to be the same person at another later point in time. Further, the concepts involved in one’s mental characteristics will be discussed to determine if these criteria suffice in what defines personal identity. Regarding mental characteristics, we will examine an individual’s psychological traits which are developed through his or her past experiences and genetic predispositions. Additionally, we will be looking at how an individual at a certain time will have memory of previous experiences. We must carefully assess how these conditions for personal identity can be plausible, identify any objections to these criteria, and evaluate how …show more content…
In order to define personal identity, we must find the criteria that makes an individual the same individual at two separate times. But there are cases in which a person’s psychological traits and behavior cannot be relied upon to define personal identity. For instance, if there was an individual, who has a certain personality and psychological traits, and another individual, who was being mind-controlled to have the same personality and traits, then differentiating between the two individuals is extremely difficult if psychological traits are the criteria which define a person’s identity. Because these two individuals now have the same psychological traits, they must have the same identity. However, according to our statement earlier, a person’s psychological characteristics are supposed to distinguish between the identity of two individuals. Thus, because in this case the individual’s personality and behavior cannot differentiate identity, psychological traits and behavior cannot be considered as criteria for personal …show more content…
However, it is plausible for a different type of memory that could perhaps satisfy the conditions necessary for personal identity. Perhaps one’s memory can be seen as rather a conscious flow of thought, and one’s memory is linked by a chain of different thoughts. This may explain how even if one does not remember a certain event from their past, they can still have the same identity because they have had a consistent chain of thoughts from childhood all the way to any particular age. These instantaneous memory slices within an individual’s conscious thought processes can perhaps be considered as a determinant of personal identity. In considering this type of memory, we are saying that an individual must be aware that they are the same individual and have the same thoughts as they did just moments ago. By acknowledging that they are continuously encoding different thoughts and experiences into memory as time momentarily progresses, they are aware that they constitute the same individual identity as they did just seconds

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