"Personhood and Consciousness"


Sydney Shoemaker


My talk will take as its text Locke’s definition of “person.” The “self” part of the talk will develop the idea that persons are in the first instance subjects of psychological properties, and will discuss the implications of this for the nature of personal identity. The “consciousness” part of it will discuss the nature of our memory knowledge of our own pasts, with special attention to the question of what gives memory beliefs their first-person content ­ a question that is posed by the possibility of “quasi-memory” that is not memory.