Locke Personal Identity

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The purpose of this paper is to both examine and critically evaluate John Locke’s account of personal identity by (1) summarizing the basic tenants of his theory, (2) understanding the arguments opposed to his theory, and (3) highlighting the overall influence that his ideas have had on the larger philosophic community. Locke’s theories regarding the nature of personal identity were first discussed in his text titled “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding”. Within his work he discussed an array of philosophically troubling issues such as the relation that the body and mind share, the nature of consciousness, and the effect of time on human life. These and countless other topics that Locke covered have been extremely influential in modern
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