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Peter McLaughlin – An Architectonic Reading of Locke on Identity

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Peter McLaughlin – An Architectonic Reading of Locke on Identity

« An Architectonic Reading of Locke on Identity »
Jeudi 21 mars, 14h
Local 422, 2910 boul. Édouard-Montpetit.
(Indications pour s’y rendre : http://bit.ly/philoudem)

Veuillez noter que la conférence sera prononcée en anglais.

Résumé : John Locke’s chapter on identity from the Essay concerning Human Understanding discusses the identity of minds, bodies, organisms and especially persons. Some complain about the neglect of artifacts, islands, stones, and other relevant sortals. Most readers also openly (or in spite of themselves) take persons to be substances of some kind. I offer a different reading of Locke’s chapter by taking seriously the second-order reading instructions that he offers there. Locke’s ontology condones three kinds of “things”: substances, modes and relations. There are thus three and only three different ways in which a “thing” might be identical to itself: same substance, same mode, same relation. A proper name (or deictic gesture) may refer either to a substance, a mode or a relation. This reading requires that we interpret organisms as modes and persons as relations. Locke illustrates (non-trivial) substantial identity on the example of an atomistic version of Descartes’ wax, modal identity on the example of life, relational identity on the example of personality. In this talk I push this reading to the hilt and draw the consequences.

Vous êtes cordialement invité-e à assister à cet événement organisé par le département de philosophie de l’Université de Montréal.

Ouvert à tous et à toutes. Merci de faire suivre ce message aux étudiant-e-s / collègues potentiellement intéressé-e-s.

Nous vous invitons également à consulter notre programmation d’événements : http://bit.ly/confudem2

Pour tout autre renseignement sur les conférences en philosophie à l’Université de Montréal, veuillez contacter Christian Nadeau (christian.nadeau@umontreal.ca). Pour modifier votre inscription à cette liste, veuillez contacter Iain Macdonald (iain.macdonald@umontreal.ca).

Au plaisir !


You are cordially invited to the above-mentioned event organized by the Department of Philosophy of the Université de Montréal.

All are welcome! Please feel free to forward this message to interested students and colleagues.

Directions are available here: http://bit.ly/philoudem.

Also, please have a look at our calendar of events to see what’s coming up: http://bit.ly/confudem2

If you have questions regarding this or other philosophical events at the Université de Montréal, please contact Prof. Christian Nadeau (christian.nadeau@umontreal.ca). To add or remove a name from this list, please contact Prof. Iain Macdonald (iain.macdonald@umontreal.ca).

Hope to see you there!

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