So walking along the lane to collect eggs from our neighbour I started to think about memory and identity. Friends and associates have talked about the loss of a person to their dementia ( and sometimes other illnesses) and left me wondering about what exactly it is that is driving my work.
I then came across this from an article by Namita Nimbalkar Namita Nimbalkar, Ph.D.*
John Locke on Personal Identity**
memory does seem to presuppose personal identity, and so cannot constitute a criterion of it. For another, identity is a transitive relation, while memory isn’t, so the latter cannot be a criterion of the former. Finally, there is the obvious worry that identity seems to persist through the loss of memory: it’s hard to believe that I would cease to exist were I to undergo amnesia.