Thomas Reid, Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man, selection
10/28 Lecture Notes
* Scottish philosopher professor in the 18th C
* Philosophy after the 18th C was written by professors at universities
* Founder of Scottish Common Sense Philosophy
* Founded "common sense"
* There are things we clearly know, and these are the things we should start with.
* Identity is a relation between two things separated by time.
* "Identity supposes an uninterpreted continuance of existence" (229)
* Evidence of Personal Identity vs. Basis of Personal Identity
* You're the same person you were then because you remember it.
* You remember something that already existed.
10/31 Lecture Notes
* Child, Officer, and General.
* General remembers being young lieutenant.
* General is identical with lieutenant due to memory.
* Lieutenant remembers being whipped as a child in school.
* Lieutenant is identical with child due to memory.
* General can't remember being child.
* Locke's theory:General cannot be identical with child since he has no recollection of
being the child.
* Transitivity of identity states: if G is identical with O and O is identical with C, then G
is identical with C.
* Reid believes Locke would accept this.
* Locke's definitions
* Person: To have consciousness. * Personal Identity: Continuity of consciousness.
* Reid's definitions
* Person: To be a thing that has consciousness.
* Personal Identity: To be a thing that has consciousness.
11/2 Lecture Notes
* Copy machine makes a copy of you.
* How could the copy know they are a copy?
* What belongs to the copy? (clothes? Significant others?)
* Personal identity on applies to original copy