Thursday, November 18, 2010

Friday we will finish the chapter on beginning of life issues in Shoemaker, picking up where we left off Wed. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

As mentioned in class today, there is no class with Dr. Nobis this Friday. See your blogs and email for the assignments you should be working on, and for what we'll do Monday. Thanks.

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.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

As was mentioned in class, for Wed. please have an outline of Chapters 2 and 3 of Shoemaker. We will use them to discuss the chapters. Thanks