Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Metaphysics writing assignment

Due Monday, Nov. 15 in class

No class Friday: work on this writing assignment

On p. 60 of "Personal Identity and Ethics, David Shoemaker writes this:

"In the previous chapter, we examined four such theories [of identity, that arguably grounds rational anticipation and self-concern] -- Soul, Software-Based Memory, Brain (Hardware)-Based Memory, and Body Criteria -- but saw that they were either false, seriously problematic, or just irrelevant to the issue of our practical concerns."

You assignment is to fully explain his complex claim here -- all aspects of it -- and explain whether you think what he says is true or false and why.

This will likely take at least a few pages, since each theory will need to be explained and the criticisms against it explained.

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