PHIL 176 - Lecture 10 - Personal Identity, Part I: Identity Across Space and Time and the Soul Theory

Lecture 10 - Personal Identity, Part I: Identity Across Space and Time and the Soul Theory

Overview

The lecture focuses on the question of the metaphysical key to personal identity. What does it mean for a person that presently exists to be the very same person in the future? The first approach to answering this question is the "soul theory," that is, the key to being the same person is having the same soul. Difficulties with that approach are then discussed, independent of the question whether souls exist or not.

Resources

Assignment

Perry, John. A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality

Course Media

Transcript

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Audio

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