Single Idea 5502

[catalogued under 16. Persons / E. Rejecting the Self / 2. Self as Social Construct]

Full Idea

In modern times the Lockean intrinsic relations view of personal identity has been superseded by an extrinsic relations view (also called the 'closest-continuer' or 'externalist' view).

Gist of Idea

Locke's intrinsic view of personal identity has been replaced by an externalist view


R Martin / J Barresi (Introduction to 'Personal Identity' [2003], p.1)

Book Reference

'Personal Identity', ed/tr. Martin,R /Barresi,J [Blackwells 2003], p.1

A Reaction

Sounds sweeping. My suspicion is that there is a raging fashion for externalist views of everything (justification, content etc.), but this will pass. I take Parfit to be the source of the modern views.