Where does your own identity come from? Is it continuous consciousness? (John Locke’s theory) Soul phases? (Antony Quinton’s theory).Brain? Memory? Childhood? What do you think?
A person’s identity is influenced by many different aspects. Family, culture, friends, personal interests and surrounding environments are all factors that tend to help shape a person’s identity. Some factors may have more of an influence than others and some may not have any influence at all. As a person grows up in a family, they are influenced by many aspects of their life. Family and culture may influence a person’s sense of responsibilities, ethics and morals, tastes in music, humor and sports, and many other aspects of life. Friends and surrounding environments may influence a person’s taste in clothing, music, speech, and social activities. In this vein, may researchers especially in the field of psychology and social sciences have come forth to try to explain their view on the question of identity. Such researchers include John Locke and Antony Quinton. This paper will elaborate on their interpretation of identity at large.