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    they are unsure of their identities and feel very lost, but eventually they will come to understand who they once again when they become adults. As we mature and develop, each individual person starts to get an idea of who they are and their own intrinsic characteristics that define…

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    Personal Identity Theory

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    Personal Identity theories hold a great deal of interest for metaphysical and ethical philosophers. Many attempt to determine wherein diachronic personal identity exists. Bernard Williams presents multiple thought experiments regarding personal identity in his chapter titled “The Self and the Future”. His thought experiments attempt to provoke answers to questions of personal identity. He presents situations in which bodies and brains are switched, and then asks the question, whose well-being…

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    in terms of ethics. I am going to discuss two basic categories of theories on personal identity – a reductionist view through the eyes of Derek Parfit, and a non-reductionist one, namely, the self-interest theory based on the assumption of a Cartesian Pure Ego. Theories of identity similar to the Cartesian pure ego have been an underlying assumption in many belief systems. Many religions base their beliefs on the assumption of a ‘soul’- an entity entirely separate from its simpler components,…

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    Locke’s Essays on Human Understanding continue to be taught, discussed and debated today. In particular, Locke’s personal identity theory is considered to still be extremely relevant in modern times. In personal identity theory Locke explains the distinction between the definition of words, such as human, person and substance, which he claims are often used to convey the same meaning. Then Locke discusses the main factor that suggests the sameness of personal identity – consciousness, and…

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    identified by their consciousness. Arguments have been provided to justify each person, Person A and Person B, as being Jack. Firstly, to evaluate these arguments, crucial terms need to be clarified. I will frequently use the term personal identity, a theory pioneered by philosopher John Locke in his book An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, to mean identity or the person’s self i.e. who they are fundamentally. Thus, when I am referring to Jack, I am referring to his personal identity.…

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    Locke, personal identity does not subsist on the substance it is made of, be it of physical or spiritual nature (p. 16-17). For, if personal identity would rely on physical matter, it would mean that losing an arm or leg would constitute a new identity. Locke says that by seeing a person without an arm as the same person they were with the arm, is proof that “the substance whereof personal self consisted at one time may be varied at another” (p. 15). Thus, if the physical is not what defines…

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    Personal Identity Paper

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    Social networks and ties affect all parts of personal identity whether or not we recognize it at the time. A key part of understanding this unit is knowing that the relationship between personal identity and networks is cyclical in that, personal identity also reflects the networks that a person is part of. As people move through stages of life and move geographically, the networks they encounter change pieces of their identity. In my life I have identified in many different ways: daughter,…

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    Locke’s central thesis was that personal identity consists, not in sameness of substance, but in ‘sameness of consciousness’(Shoemaker on the Memory Theory). When something psychological like soul, memory and something immaterial etc. are assumed to account for persistence through time, which is the numerical identity between objects at different times(Seymour, Lecture 4/4), they are categorized as the non-physical accounts. In Locke’s view, consciousness was used as a synonym of memory…

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    Landon Personal Identity

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    A major component of a person is their personal identity. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, personal identity is the persistent and continuous unity of the individual person normally attested by continuity of memory with present consciousness. In other words, when a person finds their “true self”. When thinking about what makes up a person’s life, there are many aspects, some are interests, family, friends, religion, and beliefs. It is an important part in a person’s life to truly find…

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    Identity is what we defined as recognizing and accepting your own personality as a whole. For some people, it is difficult to recognize or accept themselves because of other people’s opinions or their own experiences in life. The people who take other’s opinion seriously do not realized that they are judging themselves; while the people who let their experiences defined them. Identity can change based on many factors and it takes time to understand what your identity is. A great example is my…

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