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date: 22 September 2017

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This article tries to situate the recent discussions of personal identity in their historical context. It begins with a brief discussion of Locke's account of identity as such, turning then to a more detailed account of his views on personal identity in particular. It then discusses a pair of problems that arise for any sort of neo-Lockean account, and surveys the sorts of responses that have been offered to them. Finally the article briefly presents three recent accounts, each of which can be seen as relying on a subtle re-characterization of the traditional problem of personal identity.

Keywords: personal identity, metaphysics, neo-Lockean concept, judgements, living things, imaginary cases

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