Thursday, November 18, 2010
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.