Consciousness is the foundation for personal identity according to Locke. Personal identity is a nonphysical structure and cannot be found within the soul or in the body. Due to the separation between consciousness and body, Locke proclaims that physical injuries do not influence who somebody is. Personal identity is limited to an individuals compacity to continue the sameness of consciousness. Locke states that “whatever past actions [a man] cannot reconcile or appropriate to that present self by consciousness, can be no more concerned in than if [it] had never been done”, (Locke 4). which proclaims that the forgotten experience was not part of them at all. Ac...
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...nal identity is found in the soul, it does not have a physical counterpart that is needed. Death stops the connection between personal identity (soul) and body. As a result, the soul or personal identity of an individual is able to express itself freely in the afterlife without connection errors to the body.
Defining who a person is and what portion of their past is part of who they are today ranges greatly from the philosophical views of Locke, Parfit, and Hume. Applying these unique perceptions to uncommon cases like Clive test their effectiveness. Clive’s unfortunate defect ignites many complications for particular views and reassurances for others. Despite the disconnection between my views and the best fit for Clive’s situation, I believe we are a more complex individual than who we have been throughout our lives and that we will continue to be after our death.
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