Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (3):407-434 (2017)

Ruth Boeker
University College Dublin
john locke argues that personal identity consists in sameness of consciousness, and he maintains that any other theory of personal identity would lead to "great Absurdities".1 This statement intimates that Locke thought carefully about alternative conceptions of personal identity and their problems. In this paper, I argue that, by understanding Locke's account of personal identity in the context of metaphysical and religious debates of his time, especially debates concerning the afterlife and the state of the soul between death and resurrection, we can reveal the strengths of his view and show how his account of personal identity in terms of sameness of consciousness has the resources to avoid...
Keywords John Locke  Personal Identity  Possibility of afterlife  Materialism  Immaterialism  Cartesianism
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DOI 10.1353/hph.2017.0048
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