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Arthur Landmesser Philosophy Final Exam 1. It’s easy to say that as every person grows older, they change and develop in both body and soul, but it is not nearly as easy to prove that one is the same person as they were in the past . If someone were to take the idealistic approach, they would infer about the soul, or if taking a materialistic approach, they would infer about the body . However, I’m taking the dualistic approach, in which the mind and body are both fundamental substances, and inferring that both solutions involving personal identity are defective . It is obvious to oneself that he/she is not the same person as someone else, but what exactly makes him or her different? And could the hypothetical statement “I’m not the same person that I was back then,” be literally true? Each person has an individual soul, but this soul cannot be seen or heard, therefore it cannot define who someone is . What if two people were to have the exact same beliefs and ideas, making their souls identical? Would that make them the same person? Or one could agree with the theory that different souls may take turns being attached to different bodies, making the soul a completely unreliable source of identification . The most obvious approach to identify oneself would be by one’s appearance . No two people look exactly alike, with the exception of identical twins, but even then there are noticeable differences between the siblings, such as a birthmark or a scar . But what if you were to wake up, look in the mirror and see a body other than you own? You would still be “you,” but you would look different and would be unable to explain to people who you were without them
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Lynch during the Spring '08 term at UConn.

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Final Exam - Arthur Landmesser Philosophy Final Exam 1. Its...

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