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Locke on Personal Identity

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[New Entry by Jessica Gordon-Roth on February 11, 2019.] John Locke (1632 - 1704) added the chapter in which he treats persons and their persistence conditions (Book 2, Chapter 27) to the second edition of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding in 1694, only after being encouraged to do so by William Molyneux (1692 - 1693).[1] Nevertheless, Locke's treatment of personal identity is one of the most discussed and debated aspects of his corpus. Locke's discussion of persons received much attention from his contemporaries,...

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