What Is Personal Identity?

Max Skipper Griffiths
Feb 6 · 7 min read

A Deep Dive into Personal Identity

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According to the philosopher John Locke, the self — or personal identity — is constituted by consciousness. A person’s existence, he claims, is marked by successive changes from the past to the present, and it is through consciousness and the mediation of memory that a person can cement together these different stages of existence to constitute personal identity.