Identity and Continuity
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.
KeywordsPersonal Identity Mental Life Chapter VIII Reflective State Intellectual Power
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