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16. Persons / E. Self as Mind / 1. Self and Memory

[relationship between the sense of Self and memories]

17 ideas
The poet who forgot his own tragedies was no longer the same man [Spinoza]
Personal identity is my perceptions, but not my memory, as I forget too much [Ayer on Locke]
Locke's theory confusingly tries to unite consciousness and memory [Reid on Locke]
Locke mistakes similarity of a memory to its original event for identity [Reid on Locke]
Identity over time involves remembering actions just as they happened [Locke]
If a person's memories became totally those of the King of China, he would be the King of China [Leibniz]
Memory doesn't make identity; a man who relearned everything would still be the same man [Leibniz]
Consciousness of past shows us our identity, but it doesn't make our identity [PG on Butler]
We use memory to infer personal actions we have since forgotten [Hume]
Memory only reveals personal identity, by showing cause and effect [Hume]
We accept other evidence than memory (e.g. testimony) that we performed acts in the past [PG on Reid]
We judge others' identity on appearance, and our own on memory [PG on Reid]
Continuous memory as the criterion produces paradoxes (e.g. an old general is and isn't his boyhood self)) [PG on Reid]
It is theoretically possible that the Ego consists entirely of false memories [Sartre]
Not all exerience can be remembered, as this would produce an infinite regress [Ayer]
If memory is the sole criterion of identity, we ought to use it for other people too [Shoemaker]
Bodily identity is one criterion and memory another, for personal identity [PG on Shoemaker]