Schechtman on Revised Personal Identity
Consider Locke’s notion that a single fixed point is required for a person to be themselves – to have a claim to identity. This single fixed point is not a material substance (the body) or an immaterial substance (the soul), but rather it is a singularity of conscious experience. This singularity is what persists through time and is constituted by a person’s past action and experience, which they themselves do not always directly access.
Using citations from the assigned reading, explain briefly how Schechtman modifies Locke’s theory of personal identity to conform to a person’s intelligibility of those memories. Give examples about how this idea of personhood allows us to reasonably form plans for future action. Finally, give reasons why we should or should notaccept Schechtman’s modified account of personal identity.
Required Reading: Marya Schechtman, “Personal Identity and the Past”
Recommended Reading: “Personal Identity”, Introduction and Section 1 – <http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/identity-personal/#AccOurIdeThrTim (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.>
Remember: A reasoned response consists of more than one words responses or simple agreement with the author of the article or post you are responding to. Please cite all passages in the text (including page number) and cite all outside information according to MLA guidelines