Locke and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences

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Title: Locke and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences
Authors: Boeker, Ruth
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11861
Date: Nov-2015
Online since: 2021-01-22T09:36:10Z
Abstract: Hume's theory of personal identity is developed in response to Locke's account of personal identity. Yet it is striking that Hume does not emphasize Locke's distinction between persons and human beings. It seems even more striking that Hume's account of self in Books 2 and 3 of the Treatise has less scope for distinguishing persons from human beings than his account in Book 1. This is puzzling, because Locke originally introduced the distinction in order to answer questions of moral accountability, and Hume's discussion of self in Book 2 provides the foundation of his moral theory in Book 3. In response to the puzzle, I show that Locke and Hume hold different moral and religious views and these differences are important to explain why their theories of personal identity differ.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Hume Society
Journal: Hume Studies
Volume: 41
Issue: 2
Start page: 105
End page: 135
Copyright (published version): 2017 Hume Studies
Keywords: Personal identityMoral viewsMetaphysical viewsReligious backgrounds
Subject LCSH: Hume, David, 1711-1776
Locke, John, 1632-1704
DOI: 10.1353/hms.2015.0006
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0319-7336
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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