Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
Almost all interpreters agree that Locke's goal in Book II, Chapter 27 of the Essay is to provide a metaphysical theory of personal identity. Though there are disagreements about the details of his theory, it is almost universally agreed that Locke does not argue for a theory of personal identity that can capture our common sense beliefs about the matter. I focus on two notable objections to Locke's theory that purport to show this. I argue that Locke has reasonable responses to these objections that have been overlooked by previous commentators, who have failed to appreciate Locke's claim that person is a forensic notion.