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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 100
Professor
Peter Graham
Semester
Spring

Description
PHIL 100 The Problems of Personal Identity  The topic of personal identity is an issue at the center of metaphysics  There are many different questions that often get lumped together in discussions of personal identity It will be important to keep them separate. Examples:  Who am I ??  What makes me unique?  What kinds of traits make me particular kind of person that I am?  What is it to be a person?  What does it take for a person to persist from one time to another time?  What does it take for the SAME person to exist at differnet times?  What sorts of adventures could u survive?  How can we tell who is who?  What evidence bears on the question of whether the person here and now is the one who was here yesterday?  What am I?  What sort of things, metaphysically speaking, are you and I and another human people?  What is our basic metaphysical nature?  How/What could I have been?  How different could I have been from the way I actually am?  Which of my properties are essential? Persistence Question: Our main focus What does it take for a person to persist from one time to another??  What does it take for the same person to exist at different times?  What sorts of adventures could u survive?  The Persistence Question is a question about numerical identity.  Numerical identity must be distinguished from mere qualitative identity  X is numerically identical to Y means that X and Y are the very same thing.  X is qualitatively identical to Y means that X
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