S&F in Philosophy Now: Personal Identity

The following cartoon accompanied the print version of Joshua Farris’s What’s So Simple About Personal identity? (Philosophy Now, Issue 107). The article discusses the various theories about what makes up personal identity. For example, some feel that identity is ultimately the result of the collection of memories over time, whereas others argue that it is more attributable to the persistence of character over time, among many other competing theories that I’m not sure we will ever be able to truly resolve.

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4 thoughts on “S&F in Philosophy Now: Personal Identity

  1. A very timely, for me, consideration!! And I agree, Finn is quite the character šŸ™‚ Good work on juxtaposing the more serious with the more humorous sides of all philosophical debates!!

      • Well, since you “ask” šŸ™‚ , I took the chance to articulate it for myself and I share it with you here (though happy to discuss elsewhere too!!)…

        Delving beyond Shakespeare’s contemplations of “to be or not to be”, at present, the role of and place for “the pain body” – as contemplated by Eckhart Tolle – preoccupy my mind…as does his epiphanic thought “I can’t live with myself anymore” that led him to question “who is the ā€˜Iā€™ that cannot live with the self? What is the self?” – as well as why do some of us have so much stronger a need to pursue the elusive answers to these questions than others? And finally, does any of it really matter?! šŸ™‚

        • Well! That does relate.. your thoughts reminds me of another part of the article that discusses the relationship of personal identity (self) to the body. I’ll email you the pdf. As to your last question… I don’t know but the question is at times comforting.

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