Discuss what you find plausible or implausible about the two theories of personal identity
In chapter 27, book II of his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, the seventeenth century English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) famously defines a person as …a thinking intelligent being, that has reason and reflection, and can consider itself as itself, the same thinking thing, in different times and places; which it does only by that consciousness which is inseparable from thinking, and, as it seems to me, essential to it. (II.27.11) Explain this passage in the light of John Lock’s version of psychological theory of personal identity. Compare and contrast Lock’s account of personhood with the Early Buddhist theory of non-self and discuss what you find plausible or implausible about the two theories. In answering this question, you should:
(i) clearly and concisely explain John Lock’s statement;
(ii) clearly and concisely discuss Lock’s ;
(iii) Discuss what you find plausible or implausible about the two theories of personal identity.