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Personal Identity

Theories of personal identity attempt to explain what makes a person the same person over time. What is it that ensures that I am the same person now as I was many years ago?

The two main approaches to personal identity propose criteria based on bodily continuity and on psychological continuity respectively. What makes a person the same person over time is thus taken to be the fact their body, or their mind, persists through time.

An alternative view, however, denies that there is a self that exists over time. Bundle theory holds that we are nothing more than a collection of mental states example, that there is no self over and above these mental states that possesses them.

 

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