Date: June 16, 2015

Philosopher’s main view about consciousness/the self/personal identity

Choose any two of the philosophers that we read in Unit 2. (The Two philosophers I chose are Descartes and Locke)  Recap each philosopher’s main view about consciousness/the self/personal identity. Explain at least one difference between the two philosophers’ views and state which view you prefer. Then, offer an argument (i.e., evidence) against the view that you reject.

If you need to re-familiarize yourself with the central issues on personal identity, I suggest that you review the following (20-minute) podcast: The Self and Personal Identity. Additional information regarding personal identity can also be found here: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/identity-personal/

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Compare and Contrast Plato and Descartes

The following outlines what should be included in your paper. This structure should seem familiar to you because it flows from the Taylor excerpt you had read. Although Taylor addressed many of the following issues in more than a paragraph, you should also keep in mind that his essay is much longer—about 50 pages. Since your paper will only be 3 pages, you will have to be more concise and organize your ideas much more succinctly.

Paper Topic: Compare and contrast Plato and Descartes. Is contact with another necessary or beneficial for learning or is she a hindrance?

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