Locke's temporal-spatial theory of personal idenity

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Author Rockwood, Nathan James
Title Locke's temporal-spatial theory of personal idenity
Date 2008-12
Description The opening article in Locke's chapter on identity sets temporal-spatial location as a general principle for determining identity, and this thesis is an attempt to show how Locke's general claims about temporal-spatial location fit into his theory of personal identity. I have two aims in advancing this interpretation. Since the temporal-spatial aspect of Locke's theory of personal identity has been nearly universally overlooked, my first aim will be to provide strong textual evidence that Locke does in fact take temporal-spatial location to be a part of his account. My second aim is to show that on my reading of Locke his theory turns out to be a more plausible theory of personal identity than the view which is typically attributed to him. In this thesis I argue that Locke takes veridical memory to be necessary and sufficient for personal identity over time, and the temporal-spatial aspect of Locke's theory partly determines what can count as a veridical memory. There are two aspects, then, of Locke's theory of personal identity, of which the temporal-spatial aspect has been overlooked.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Identity (Psychology)
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name MS
Language eng
Relation is Version of Digital reproduction of "Locke's temporal-spatial theory of personal identity" J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections, B21.5 2008 .R63
Rights Management © Nathan James Rockwood
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Source Original: University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
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Date Created 2012-04-23
Date Modified 2012-05-16
ID 193534
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6n87rd9