The Problem Of Personal Identity Essay

1759 WordsDec 7, 20168 Pages
We normally have an idea of sameness over a period of time, and this is from the observation of certain objects that do not undergo any apparent change for a period of time. For example, we sometimes claim that an object at one time is identical to another at another time when in reality the two objects are little more than a succession of different objects that are just connected through close relation. In the justification of these absurd ascriptions of identity, we normally come up with a substantive notion of self through the feigning of the continued existence of our perceptions or we imagine the existence of mysterious things that bind our many perceptions together. Therefore, the problem of personal identity cannot be verbally disputed, and it, therefore, raises questions on what normally induce us to mistakenly attribute identity to something while it is a succession of objects and an instance of diversity. This invariability of human perceptions clearly shows that there is no self rather the identity of a person is shaped by social factors. From the above argument, it is evident that Hume describes the human mind as being a type of theatre where "…several perceptions successively make their appearance; pass, re-pass, glide away, and mingle in an infinite variety of postures and situations" (Hume 301). For Hume movement from one perception to another is all that pertains to the self. When he conducted an experiment of his own mind, he was able to discover all that
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