The Evidence of Personal Identity

Richard Swinburne

in The Evolution of the Soul

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236986
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598593 | DOI:
The Evidence of Personal Identity

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Apparent personal memory (of who one was) is fallible evidence of personal identity – in virtue of the principle of credulity. Because it is found empirically that memory of who one was normally goes with having the same brain matter as that person, brain continuity constitutes indirect evidence of personal identity – and so, even less directly and more fallibly, do similarity of appearance and fingerprints.

Keywords: apparent memory; credulity; memory; personal identity

Chapter.  5649 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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