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Locke Personal Identity

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHILOS 2XX3
Professor
Mark Johnstone
Semester
Winter

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Locke on Personal IdentityUnder what conditions is an entity at time B numerically identical to the entity that existed at an earlier time AToday these are called persistence conditions Locke thought that different kinds of entities may have different persistence conditionsIn the case of inanimate bodies the removal or addition of a single atom results in a change of identity In the case of living things the removal or addition of atoms need not result in a change of identity Biological entities remain numerically the same as long as they partake of the same lifeExample of the Oak tree Oak tree growing from a tiny plant to a great tree remains the one and the same entity throughout the change This is because there is an organization and distribution of parts that allows the whole entity to continually engage in the operations constitutive of its life The organism remains the same because it has the same life Same biological entit
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