The Theory Of Psychological Continuity Essay

1335 Words Nov 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Memory and personal identity are an integral part of our lives. These characteristics and traits assist us in the way we make decisions and approach situations. Memory in relation to personal identity is a topic that has been studied by several Philosophers. The question of whether or not memory presupposes identity is a circular one, and therefore makes this question important. To study this, I looked at Parfits theory of Psychological continuity, and how it was seen as problematic due to its circularity. Parfits solution to the circular objection was quasi-memory, however Schechtman holds criticism against quasi-memory due to its easy misinterpretation.
In relation to identity, many people composed their own beliefs involving personal identity and psychological continuity. Psychological continuity depends on memory. In order to understand identity, you must understand memory. Each individual has several ‘selves’ that they’ve adapted from overtime due to new experiences. All of your ‘stages’ are psychologically connected as long as there is no break (ex: loss of memory) within the chain. All of the events and experiences within that persons’ life form one single continuous chain, which includes beliefs, goals, and thoughts. This whole package is referred to as physiological continuity. In terms of psychological connections, the connections tend to get weaker over time as the chain of past selves/experiences grows longer (Lecture 2016).
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