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16. Persons / E. Self as Mind / 2. Psychological Continuity

[Self as the continuity of our conscious existence]

17 ideas
For Socrates our soul, though hard to define, is our self [Vlastos on Socrates]
For Locke, conscious awareness unifies a person at an instant and over time [Locke ,by Martin/Barresi]
If the soul individuates a man, and souls are transferable, then a hog could be a man [Locke]
Our personal identity must depend on something we are aware of, namely consciousness [Locke]
Identity must be in consciousness not substance, because it seems transferable [Locke]
If someone becomes conscious of Nestor's actions, then he is Nestor [Locke]
If a prince's soul entered a cobbler's body, the person would be the prince (and the man the cobbler) [Locke]
On Judgement Day, no one will be punished for actions they cannot remember [Locke]
Locke sees underlying substance as irrelevant to personal identity [Locke ,by Noonan]
Nothing about me is essential [Locke]
We know our own identity by psychological continuity, even if there are some gaps [Leibniz]
A man is a succession of momentary men, bound by continuity and causation [Russell]
The memory criterion has a problem when one thing branches into two things [Williams,B ,by Macdonald]
If my brain-halves are transplanted into two bodies, I have continuity, and don't need identity [Parfit]
Over a period of time what matters is not that 'I' persist, but that I have psychological continuity [Parfit]
The mind and the self are one, and the mind-self is a biological phenomenon [Polger]
In continuity, what matters is not just the beginning and end states, but the process itself [Macdonald]