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Personal Identity and Resurrection: Early Modern Philosophical Perspectives

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Serious philosophical reflection on personal identity began with John Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding in the early Enlightenment – in which Locke developed his famous concept of personal identity as continuity of consciousness. Or so the story is often told.

This seminar explores the rich and interesting array of views on personal identity in the earlier seventeenth century, arguing that reflection on bodily resurrection both gave shape to – and was shaped by – a profound transformation of self-understanding in wider Western philosophy.

This talk is part of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion series.

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