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Persistence, Termination, and Memory

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Concerning identity, the relationship between persistence, termination, and memory emerges from the common experience of continuity and change in the self and in the world. Persistence goes beyond basic consciousness of self-existence to self-reflexive knowledge of personal identity in and through time. We are conscious of present identity and of having been ourselves in the past with an expectation of continuing to be in the future. Memory and termination are past and future boundary conditions; both of ...

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