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(Solved) Locke and Personal Identity In this selection from Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding , we are presented with his criterion persons and...


Locke and Personal Identity

In this selection from Lockeâs An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, we are presented with his criterion persons and identity. Do we have a reason to believe that Lockeâs criteria for personal identity still apply if we downloaded into a computer? Are you still yourself if you exist only within the confines of a computer program? On the part of Locke, this is an attempt to answer the question of whether there is such a thing as the immortal and immaterial soul. âSoulâ should be understood in the same sense here as it is discussed throughout Christianity. What is entailed by this theory is an explanation for memory, and consequentially, consciousness. Such a theory allows for us to account for why each of us can exist from moment to moment and still be identified as ourselves

Give exposition to Lockeâs position, and then consider the example of Prince and the Cobbler that he provides. Should we accept Lockeâs argument that there is a distinction between persons and bodies? Do we require a unified substance, or third unifying substance to be who we are?

Required Reading: John Locke, âOf Identity and Diversityâ 

Recommended Reading: âJohn Locke on Personal Identity,âhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3115296/ (Links to an external site.)

Remember: A reasoned response consists of more than one words responses or simple agreement with the author of the article or post you are responding to. Please cite all passages in the text (including page number) and cite all outside information according to MLA guidelines. Your answer should have AT LEAST 3 responses (possibly more), aside from your original post. 

 


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