[SydPhil] Notification: Ruth Boeker, Melbourne @ Wed 1 Apr 2015 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)

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Title: Ruth Boeker, Melbourne
Locke and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences

According to Hume, "personal identity [...] has become so great a question in  
philosophy, especially of late years in England" (Treatise It is  
clear that Hume's theory is developed in response to Locke's account of  
personal identity. Although Hume is clearly influenced by Locke, it is  
striking that he never acknowledges Locke's claim that 'person' is a  
forensic term (Essay II.xxvii.26). It is even more striking that Hume's  
account of the self in Books 2 and 3 of the Treatise has less scope for  
distinguishing persons from human beings as Locke does. This is puzzling,  
because Locke originally introduced the distinction in order to answer  
questions of moral accountability and Hume's discussion of the self in Book  
2 provides the foundation of his moral theory in Book 3. The aim of the  
paper is to explain why Hume neglects the moral dimension of Locke's  
theory. I will propose the following hypothesis in response to the puzzle:  
Accounts of persons and personal identity over time vary depending on the  
underlying moral, religious and metaphysical background assumptions. I will  
show how this hypothesis solves the puzzle by drawing attention to  
important moral and religious differences that shape Locke's and Hume's  
thinking about personal identity.
When: Wed 1 Apr 2015 13:00 - 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room (S401), Main Quad, Univ of Sydney
Calendar: Seminars
     * Dalia Nassar- creator

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