Hume on personal identity : a feeling of reason

In this paper, I argue for an account of personal identity that I find in David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature. I argue that this unity of self is a feeling of reason and that this feeling is produced by a demand for explanation found in experience. I argue that a conception of personal identity is assumed by the aims of Hume’s Science of Human Nature, and makes possible the fiction-debunking enterprise of that science.