John Locke 's Theory Of Personal Identity And Diversity

1046 Words Dec 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Edin Hodzic
Philosophy Final Paper
12/1/15

Homicidal Somnambulism

Imagine that one night you end up sleepwalking and end up killing someone. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? Things like this have actually happened. “There are now 68 known cases of "homicidal somnambulism. (BBC)”. Homicidal somnambulism is the act of murdering someone while in the state of sleepwalking. The legal argument for this has been that the defendant was not in their normal state of mind while this has happened and therefore cannot be blamed for such a crime. Locke is known to believe in his theory of personal identity and diversity. Locke’s theory talks about consciousness and how our consciousness makes our identity through our experiences. Locke states that we are only considered guilty of committing a crime if we were aware of it and remember doing it. Although I agree with Locke in some terms regarding our identity having something to do with our consciousness, I do not fully agree.

One of the problems that comes to mind with this to me is how could we prove that someone was actually sleepwalking and that they are unaware of their actions. Can we trust them and take their word for it or is there a scientific way in which we can prove it.

Locke distinguishes between man and person. Locke’s theory talks about consciousness and how our consciousness makes our identity through our experiences. A person can be conscious, self-aware and rational. Consciousness to Locke is awareness of our body and…
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