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Is there an I or a self What exactly does this self refer to These are questions raised by personal identity that many philosophers have attempted to answer Most people would probably believe that they have a self but there are people and philosophers that think differently One such philosopher opposed to the idea of a self is David Hume On the other side of the argument Thomas Reid another philosopher believed that there is something called the self According to his argument we are able to accept that there is a permanent self through the phenomenon of memory Thomas Reid was a common sense philosopher He looked at personal identity on a very simple level and believed that he must have a self because he can remember he has a memory To Reid memory was a notion of a subject He said I remember that twenty years ago I conversed with such a person I remember several things that passed in that conversation my memory testifies not only that this was done but that it was done by me who now remember it If it was done by me I must have existed at that time and continued to exist from that time to the present240 The key to identity is the relationship between something existing now and something that did exist in the past Identity is the uninterrupted continuance of existence The person Reid argued is indivisible it cannot be broken down into parts If someone were to steal someones car or cut off an arm that persons self would not be altered He or she would still be the same person with the same personality Therefore with his positions of identity and the person personal identity is the continued existence of the indivisible thing which I call myself There are two types of identity perfect and imperfect identity Personal identity is perfect identity in that it is exactly the same over time
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