Mind & Its Place in Nature Mark Johnston

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Mind & Its Place in Nature

Mark Johnston

Description: Can anything in the physical world be numerically identical with you, or are there simply too may equally good candidates, themselves distinct and thus non-identical, to be you, so that the rational thing to conclude is that you cannot be any one of them? We will look at the standard theories of personal identity, and investigate why they all fail, at least if the world is as we ordinarily conceive it to be.

Readings will be drawn from: Martin and Barresi eds. Personal Identity (Blackwell, 2003)

Grading: 75% final paper, 25% seminar participation

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