Preromanticism The Focus On The Self - Essay

The Focus On The Self

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Christopher Fox (essay date 1988)

SOURCE: "Some Problems of Perspective," in Locke and the Scriblerians: Identity and Consciousness in Early-Eighteenth-Century Britain, University of California Press, 1988, pp. 7-26.

[In the following excerpt Fox examines changing views regarding personal identity and consciousness during the late eighteenth century.]

You deny that we have any Consciousness at all, that we continue the same individual Being at differ-ent times. If so; it can be to no great Purpose for us to dispute about any Thing; For, before you receive my Reply, you may happen possibly to be entirely changed...

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