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16. Persons / D. Continuity of the Self / 2. Mental Continuity / c. Inadequacy of mental continuity

[criticisms the Self as continuity of consciousness]

20 ideas
Locke implies that each thought has two thinkers - me, and 'my' substance [Merricks on Locke]
Two persons might have qualitatively identical consciousnesses, so that isn't enough [Kant on Locke]
Locke's move from substance to consciousness is a slippery slope [Butler on Locke]
No two thoughts at different times can be the same, as they have different beginnings [Locke]
Locke confuses the test for personal identity with the thing itself [Reid on Locke]
If consciousness is interrupted, and we forget our past selves, are we still the same thinking thing? [Locke]
If identity is consciousness, could a person move between bodies or fragment into parts? [Reid on Locke]
Locke's memory theory of identity confuses personal identity with the test for it [Reid on Locke]
Butler thought Locke's theory was doomed once he rejected mental substance [Perry on Locke]
Consciousness presupposes personal identity, so it cannot constitute it [Butler]
Perceptions are distinct, so no connection between them can ever be discovered [Hume]
Memory reveals my past identity - but so does testimony of other witnesses [Reid]
Boy same as young man, young man same as old man, old man not boy, if forgotten! [Reid]
If consciousness is transferable 20 persons can be 1; forgetting implies 1 can be 20 [Reid]
If a stolen horse is identified by similitude, its identity is not therefore merely similitude [Reid]
If consciousness is personal identity, it is continually changing [Reid]
I can only determine my existence in time via external things [Kant]
As balls communicate motion, so substances could communicate consciousness, but not retain identity [Kant]
Temporal gaps in the consciousness of a spirit could not be bridged by memories [Ayer]
We identify persons before identifying conscious states [Carruthers]