Locke on Persons and Other Kinds of Substances

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 100 (1):129-155 (2019)

Matthew A. Leisinger
Cambridge University
Locke’s commentators are divided about whether Locke thinks that the idea of a person is a substance-idea or a mode-idea. I use Locke’s theory of kinds to argue for an intermediate interpretation on which the idea of a person is a substance-idea that contains a mode-idea. As a result, while proponents of the substance interpretation correctly claim that ‘person’ designates a kind of substance, proponents of the mode interpretation are nonetheless correct in insisting that mode-ideas play an important role in Locke’s account of persons and personal identity.
Keywords Locke  Persons  Personal Identity  Kinds  Subtance  Mode  Identity  Consciousness
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