The Concept Of A Personal Identity

1366 Words Dec 13th, 2016 6 Pages
The concept of a personal identity develops as we grow. In this way, our identity shifts and changes because as we grow, we change. This evolution brings up the question of what makes up our personal identity. Is our identity qualitative in the sense that if we look the same as we did yesterday, we are the same? That theory has some overt problems in that twins, for example, may look identical, but they are not in fact the same person. Personal identity can be considered numerical in that we are actually the same person we were yesterday. This is based on more ways than just appearance. But how do we know that? What theory can propose concreate reasoning that gives continuity to our personal identity as time passes and we change? There are many, but one of these is the Memory Theory
The Memory Theory supposes that as long as we remember the past, we are the same person. This theory offers psychic continuity between the different stages in our life. The existence of overlapping memories offers a psychological connection between our past and present selves. The theory can explain life after death, how a friend today is the same friend tomorrow, and it can even explain body switching.
According to the Memory Theory, life is actually possible after death because our memories will serve as the substance to prove our identity and give us consciousness. The body is not needed in order to be a person, so therefore, even if our bodies dies, we will still exist. Our memories also…
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