Identity and Continuity

  • Roger D. Gallie
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 45)


At III, IV of Intellectual Powers (H p.345a) Reid confidently states that all mankind place their personality in something that cannot be divided, or consist of parts. A part of a person is a manifest absurdity, as opposed to a part of his body. For

when a man loses his estate, his health, his strength, he is still the same person, and has lost nothing of his personality. If he has a leg or arm cut off, he is the same person he was before. The amputated member is no part of his person otherwise it would have a right to a part of his estate and be liable for a part of his engagements. It would be entitled to a share of his merit and demerit, which is manifestly absurd. A person is something indivisible and is what Leibnitz calls a monad.


Personal Identity Mental Life Chapter VIII Reflective State Intellectual Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger D. Gallie
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  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

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