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Week 10

by: Haley Ruhe

Week 10 PHIL 150A1

Haley Ruhe
GPA 3.1
Philosophical Perspectives on the Individual
Shaun Nichols

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Philosophical Perspectives on the Individual
Shaun Nichols
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Date Created: 03/29/15
Problem of Personal Identity 03232015 What is required in order for a person to be the same person literally across time 1St Question What am Iquot Afterlife What would be involved in surviving deathquot Reincarnation what gets preserved through reincarnation Means one s essence is not the self Heaven our soul moves on to heaven Christian Jewish Mormon etc o What part of me goes to heaven And is that part really ME Moral responsibility quotWhat is required to be personally responsible for a past action 0 Ex a criminal whose quotnot the same personquot All questions can be addressed by guring out what is involved in a person remaining the same person over time Locke Essay Concerning Human Understandingquot 1St systematic discussion of personal identity in western philosophy 0 before this personal identity was regarded as simple a person s soul self Locke rejects this belief with good reasons Theory schema l object A at time T object B at time T same object different time Locke thinks identity over time depends on the domain different for different kinds of objects 0 Physical particles Particle A amp B identical if there is a continuous space time line a Souls also follow this rule even though they are not physical objects a Descartes also agreed with this lnanimate objects l object A and object B are only the same if they are composed of the exact same particles 0 Biological organisms animate objects Animate object collection of inanimate particles Objects A and B the same if in the same life a Applies to all living organisms 0 Persons Substance Psychology Soul A Body 0 soul theory of personal identity 0 self soul 0 person A person B if they have the same soul 0 Descartes amp Reid support 0 Locke thinks only psychology matters 0 Clicker question according to Locke what makes you the same person is having the same bodyquot false 0 does not undermine the idea of the self the soul 0 Soul theory l A amp B have the same self if they have the same soul 0 Locke argues


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