David L. Thompson
Memorial University of Newfoundland
The temporal unity of the self cannot be accounted for by the continuity of causal, factual, or contiguous relations between independently definable mental events, as proposed by Locke and Parfit. The identity of the self over time is normative: it depends on the institutional context of social rules external to the self that determine the relationship between past commitments and current responsibilities. (2005)
Keywords self-identity, memory, normativity, commitment, responsibility, Locke, Parfit, temporal continuity,
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