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The Problem Of Personal Identity

- The Problem of the Problem of Personal Identity Throughout the years, the notion of personal identity has captured the attention of many philosophers. One such philosopher, John Locke, attempted to solve the problem in his book, Essays Concerning Human Understanding, in which he provides his definition of what personal identity should be considered as. This idea has not come without its fair share of criticism, however. Antony Flew, a contemporary English philosopher, attempted to show that Locke’s notion of personal identity was severely flawed....   [tags: Consciousness, Mind, John Locke, Personal identity]

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Personal Identity: Who Are You?

- Identity, an ambiguous idea, plays an important part in today’s world. To me identity can be defined as who a person is or what differentiates one person from another. Identity would be a person’s name, age, height, ethnicity, personality, and more. A quote by Anne Sexton states “It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was”(Anne Sexton). This quote helps me define identity because I believe it is saying that identity is what people are remembered by. When some people think of identity, words such as, uniqueness, distinctiveness, or individuality may come to mind....   [tags: What Is Personal Identity?]

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Finding Personal Identity in Rumspringa in the Film Devil's Playground

- The concept of culture spurs many individuals to study, understand, and obtain knowledge of certain customs, values, standards, and rituals that create another perspective to empathetically grasp, and each relatable truth, discovered by its researcher, can establish foundational, inalienable traits to argument the researcher’s identity. Each human is elected to be a researcher of culture with or without the knowledge of the research, but ironically, identity is not a firm state of being; it is continually shaped and molded after each new experience....   [tags: personal, identity, society, affinmations]

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My Personal Identity

- A person’s identity is shaped by many different aspects. Family, culture, friends, personal interests and surrounding environments are all factors that tend to help shape a person’s identity. Some factors may have more of an influence than others and some may not have any influence at all. As a person grows up in a family, they are influenced by many aspects of their life. Family and culture may influence a person’s sense of responsibilities, ethics and morals, tastes in music, humor and sports, and many other aspects of life....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Identity Essay]

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Identity Journal: Personal and Social Identity

- Each week I have been writing in my identity journal and each time it seem to help answer the question of how do I identify who I am. In are world we identity are self in two ways who we really are and who we what other to believe we are. This is us wearing a mask. In week five and six we had to write our entry was a creative piece—a short story, poem, drawing, or other creative form explore issues of identity. This was for me a poem and a drawing that went with my drawing on how we all wear mask....   [tags: Journal, identity, ]

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Personal Identity at a High School Reunion

- All through life people strive to become someone with a specific identity; to be classified as a “somebody” rather than a “nobody”. This classification is most noted amongst high school students. Often youth identities are developed through the activities they participate in, the jock, the cheerleader, the nerd, the band geek. Yet, people are not the activities they participated in in high school. People graduate, go to college, work toward a career, have children. Then at the ten year reunion, those same high school jocks, cheerleaders, nerds, and band geeks gather once again to reminisce over the past....   [tags: Criteria of Identity]

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Food And Identity : Food Studies, Cultural, And Personal Identity

- Bibliography: Almerico, Gina. 2014. “Food and Identity: Food Studies, Cultural, And Personal Identity”. Journal of International Business and Cultural Studies 8. The study examines how food studies is more than just about food itself. Rather, practices and behaviours surrounding food demonstrate the economic, political, cultural and social significance of food. Americo’s study begins by examining how food shapes individual identity, using the stereotypes attached to certain food and what popular restaurant choices reveal about individuals as examples....   [tags: Gender, Gender identity, Masculinity]

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Personal Identity And Social Identity

- Depending on an individual’s sense of personal identity and self-beliefs this influences their understanding of what makes them, them. This idea relates to this transportation device because some people believe it to compromise ones identity, depending upon on their definition of personal identity. I personally will be agreeing with the 60% of the class who are prepared to travel in this device that destroys them and rebuilds another copy. I would be in the 60% of the class of which agree to this device because I believe my identity to be psychological....   [tags: Mind, Philosophy of mind, Psychology, Soul]

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Personal Statement On Personal Identity

- I found this project to be quite intimidating considering I have zero creativity. Also nor do I have any artist talent. Thu, this project was a learning experience for me. I decided that my project would take form in a video. I decided this partially because I’m incredibly self-conscious, shy and presenting is one of my biggest fears, but also because I thought it would look good. I wanted to focus on personal identity because it was the section of the course I most enjoyed. When discussing personal identity in class I couldn’t help but remember every show I’d ever watched the portrayal of each of the views on it....   [tags: Soul, Mind, Question, Scooby-Doo]

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Personal Note On Personal Identity

- Weirob is wright to claim that personal identity cannot consist in the sameness of an immaterial, unobservable soul. (In Perry’s dialogue on personal mortality) On her death bed Gretchen Weirob is looking for a slightest possibility of her surviving, but she cannot find anything that will prove that she, as Gretchen, will live to see another day. Weirob is not looking for any hope, only one proof that can show that her survival is possible, but can’t seem to be persuaded. I’m going to argue that Gretchen Weirob argument is valid....   [tags: Mind, Psychology, Perception]

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Personal Statement On Personal Identity

- Personal identity is the sense of self that define specific patterns of thinking, feeling and acting of an individual. Personal identity is dynamic and it can be shaped by social organizations, symbols, and experiences. As I mentioned in my previous paper, the basic values of my identity were shaped by three social organizations; my family, my community and my religion. However, I realize that there are other areas of interaction, groups, and work experiences that also contribute to define my identity....   [tags: Geert Hofstede, Cross-cultural communication]

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Personal Identity, The Soul Theory, And The Memory Theory

- Personal identity, in the context of philosophy, does not attempt to address clichéd, qualitative questions of what makes us us. Instead, personal identity refers to numerical identity or sameness over time. For example, identical twins appear to be exactly alike, but their qualitative likeness in appearance does not make them the same person; each twin, instead, has one and only one identity – a numerical identity. As such, philosophers studying personal identity focus on questions of what has to persist for an individual to keep his or her numerical identity over time and of what the pronoun “I” refers to when an individual uses it....   [tags: Psychology, Soul, Mind, Identity]

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Is Personal Identity in the Mind of the Beholder?

- Personal identity is a very controversial aspect of life. Who are we. What defines us. According to John Locke, psychological continuity is what defines our personal identity. Locke discusses the case of the prince and the cobbler to help shape his theory. However, I absolutely disagree with Locke’s theory. Locke’s theory of personal identity creates many problems, such as the duplication problem. By reformulating Locke’s theory of personal identity, we still come across these problems that prove Locke’s theory false....   [tags: theory, duplication, memory, numerically]

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Hume And Locke On Personal Identity

- Hume and Locke on Personal Identity Hume believes that personal identity is not the feeling of existence of what is called the self as many philosophers believe. He proposes that every idea is the product of one impression. The self is not one impression, but is all of our impressions that combined Impressions could be pain, pleasure, grief, or joy, but they do not happen at the same time, they follow each other. Hume uses the theater analogy to explain this (Hume). The mind is the stage where perceptions make their appearance....   [tags: Mind, Psychology, Thought, Consciousness]

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The Problem Of Personal Identity

- In philosophy, the matter of personal identity comprises the related subjects of contiguity, change, sameness, and time. Conceptually, personal identity is the distinct personality of a man or woman, and concerns the persisting entity particular to him or her. As such, the personal identity structure remains the same, as the previous version of the individual characteristics that arise from personality, by which a person is known to other people. Generally, personal identity is the unique numerical identity of a person in the course of time....   [tags: Mind, Consciousness, Philosophy of mind]

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Personal Identity by Derek Parfit

- In his 1971 paper “Personal Identity”, Derek Parfit posits that it is possible and indeed desirable to free important questions from presuppositions about personal identity without losing all that matters. In working out how to do so, Parfit comes to the conclusion that “the question about identity has no importance” (Parfit, 1971, p. 4.2:3). In this essay, I will attempt to show that Parfit’s thesis is a valid one, with positive implications for human behaviour. The first section of the essay will examine the thesis in further detail and the second will assess how Parfit’s claims fare in the face of criticism....   [tags: behaviors, fission, egoism]

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Personal Identity And Psychological Continuity

- 1)Bodily Substance is the theory of identity that something is entirely material. Bodily Continuity is physical but also states that the body is always changing but we are the same. Psychological Continuity is the theory based on the idea that memory makes us who we are, such as the example of the Boy, Officer, and General we discussed in class. John Lockes theory on personal identity supports Psychological Continuity. As stated by Locke “I am for what I did the last moment” (Hallman 17). In Lockes theory he argues for psychological continuity by saying “Since personal identity reaches no further then consciousness reaches, a pre-existent spirit, having continuous so many ages in a state of...   [tags: Soul, Mind, René Descartes, Immortality]

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Personal Identity, By John Locke

- Personal identity in philosophy is a question about life and death. It determines the changes one may go through to exist. Personal identity is a theory that questions even our existence. Who are we and what happens after death is there a life afterward. John Locke is one philosopher that has thoughts on personal identity. Locke thought that personal identity is an element of psychological continuity. It’s our beliefs and intentions that are important to ourselves, that they are needed and helps our character....   [tags: Mind, Psychology, René Descartes, Brain]

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The Problem Of Personal Identity

- Who are we. Most individuals would answer that we are human beings. But consider taking this concept one step further by asking the following: What makes us human beings. What makes each individual person that same person over a period of time. When do we, as human beings, begin to exist and cease to exist. These questions give rise to the problem of personal identity, which is centered on the idea of essential properties. An essential property of any specific thing makes that thing what it is, and if an essential property is changed or is taken away, that specific thing no longer exists....   [tags: Mind, Soul, Psychology, Metaphysics]

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John Locke on Personal Identity

- I will argue that Locke believed that if you remain the same person, there are various entities contained in my body and soul composite that do not remain the same over time, or that we can conceive them changing. These entities are matter, organism (human), person (rational consciousness and memory), and the soul (immaterial thinking substance). This is a intuitive interpretation that creates many questions and problems. I will evaluate Locke's view by explaining what is and what forms personal identity, and then explaining how these changes do conceivably occur while a human remains the same person....   [tags: philosophical analysis]

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The Perception of Personal Identity

- In the past, individual’s identities were often assigned to them by the hegemonic culture, largely based on their conceptualization of sameness. The hegemonic culture dominated identity discourse by drawing distinct boundaries between racial and cultural groups, separating and defining them. Modern discourse however, has seen individuals taking the power of assigning identity signifiers for themselves often in periods of great social change. While times of resistance are often the most easily recalled examples of this, subtle trends in society a tremendous impact, often without the conscience knowledge of the society....   [tags: Ethnic Studies ]

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Finding Personal Identity in Literature

- Research Paper Identity is what evolves us, it is what makes us think the way we do, and act the way we act, in essence, a person’s identity is their everything. Identity separates us from everyone else, and while one may be very similar to another, there is no one who is exactly like you; someone who has experienced exactly what you have, feels the way you do about subjects, and reacts the same to the events and experiences you have had. This became prevalent to me as I read through many books, that everyone goes through the process of finding who they are....   [tags: A Doll's House, Perks of Being Wallflower]

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Facebook's Effect on Personal Identity

- The present generation has widely accepted the Facebook website as an essential vehicle for interacting with one another. With this new communication medium, there are marked changes in traditional forms of communication: invitations to parties, birthday notes, all of which were once handwritten and mailed with authenticity, are now being digitally transcribed and delivered electronically. Consequently, personal information is abundantly available and used in this new form of hyper communication amongst peer groups....   [tags: Sociology, Social Networking]

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Memory and Personal Identity

- Questions about God, knowledge, freedom, and immortality are asked not only by philosophers, but by all individuals. Answers to these questions are extraordinarily contradictory because different beliefs and opinions are held by everyone. A major philosophical issue is that of personal identity and immortality. Most commonly, philosophers attempt to discover what makes someone the same person they were ten or 20 years ago. Some argue that memory is the key to personal identity: however, others object....   [tags: philosophical analysis]

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Personal Statement On The Problem Of Personal Identity

- In this paper I offer an explication of John Perry’s dialogue on the problem of personal identity, and my evaluation of the strongest account of personal identity between the body, mind, and soul. In this paper I will argue that the strongest account of personal identity is that a person can be identified by their soul. By having the sameness of soul you will then be able to solve the problem of personal identity. Your soul is the foundation of whom you are and by definition, personal identity means “The persistent and continuous unity of the individual person normally attested by continuity of memory with present consciousness.” And without your soul memory could not exist....   [tags: Soul, Spirit, Mind, Chocolate]

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Personal Identity

- The two positions of personal identity over-time consider whether we are ‘tracking persons’ or ‘human beings’. Through analysing Locke’s account of personal identity and his definition of a ‘person’, the first side of this argument will be explained. However in opposition to Locke’s theory, the second position that considers us as ‘human beings’ will also be assessed, as advocated by animalists such as Olson. In response to this examples of cases such as amnesia will also be taken into consideration and how Parfait’s psychological continuity theory resolves prior objections to Locke’s argument made by Butler and Reid....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Personal Identity

- To understand Locke’s concept of personal identity it is necessary to understand what he means by identity and what he means specifically by personal identity. Locke states there are three substances that we have ideas of and that have identities. He defines idea in Essay concerning Human Understanding as “whatsoever is the object of the understanding when a man thinks” (Essay, chapter 1, section 8). That is to say that an idea, to Locke, is the basic unit of human thought. Identity is based off of comparison of these ideas in different times and places....   [tags: John Locke, Human Thought]

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Establishing Personal Identity

- All through life people strive to become someone with a specific identity; to be classified as a “somebody” rather than a “nobody”. This classification is most noted amongst high school students. Often youth identities are developed through the activities they participate in, the jock, the cheerleader, the nerd, the band geek. Yet, people are not the activities they participated in in high school. People graduate, go to college, work toward a career, have children. Then at the ten year reunion, those same high school jocks, cheerleaders, nerds, and band geeks gather once again to reminisce over the past....   [tags: modified body criterion]

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Sacrificing Personal Identity

- How would it feel to be brought into the world where lives are predestined or real life situations are constructed to work in order to benefit society as a whole. Within the book, Brave New World and the movie, The Truman Show, the theme of sacrificing personal identity in order to benefit society runs throughout each work. The ideas and opinions of the public coincide harmoniously as the society they live in. Bernard Marx and John Savage are two predominant characters of Brave New World. Both are outcasts of the World State because of their differing opinions from the rest of the “conditioned” society....   [tags: Literary Themes]

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Locke 's Argument For Personal Identity

- (i) In Locke’s argument for Personal Identity, he has faith in that we are not mere substances or souls, but consciousness’. Firstly, Locke makes a vital point in noting the terms “man/human” to be differentiating from “person” (BonJour & Baker, 2008, pg.221). He defines a “man” to be a living body similar to an animal’s body, and that a “person” is an intelligent thinking being (BonJour & Baker, 2008, pg.221). Locke points out a complication with those who define “man” in terms of possession of a soul (to explain why a human at an earlier age would be identical to the same human at a later age), in that if the concept of reincarnation would be accepted then the soul of a human would allow...   [tags: Soul, Mind, Consciousness, Thought]

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An Individual 's Personal Identity Development

- Have you ever felt like people judge you, because of your skin color. Maybe, you have felt judgements due to your culture. Do you often feel like people are quick to stereotype and prejudge you. Many people pre-judge others, which leads to the assumption that, “…relying on racial and ethnic stereotypes when communicating with individual group members is counterproductive. Understanding others as individuals, while maintaining an awareness of general cultural norms, promotes effective interracial communication” (Orbe and Harris 25), which more individuals are becoming aware of over time....   [tags: Ethnic group, Race, Individual, Culture]

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Philosophy Paper #1: Personal Identity

- Philosophy Paper #1: Personal Identity What is personal identity. This question has been asked and debated by philosophers for centuries. The problem of personal identity is determining what conditions and qualities are necessary and sufficient for a person to exist as the same being at one time as another. Some think personal identity is physical, taking a materialistic perspective believing that bodily continuity or physicality is what makes a person a person with the view that even mental things are caused by some kind of physical occurrence....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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Psychological foundations behind Personal Identity

- As a question, ‘who am I?’ poses many complications. Each of us are aware of being someone “with a past, a present and a future…” however, it is the fact that we are not “only aware of inhabiting a distinct personal world, but also…social and cultural…” which leads to confusion. This essay will therefore explore the Psychological foundations behind the question, in regards to evidence provided by the ‘Twenty Statement Test’. Analysis of this study made it apparent that ‘the self’ could be classified into three main groups; social, relational and personal selves, with each of these being readily related to the various theoretical assumptions....   [tags: Psychology]

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Family Stories and Personal Identity

- "Here we go again," I thought to myself. Another story about the silly little girl my mother would always refer to as we sat around the dinner table at my grandparent's house on Christmas Day. The cute little blond, of course, was me at 7, who was just perfecting the art of making herself the center of attention. But despite what I thought, the stories weren't about me; they were about my grandma, who would later commit suicide. I don't recall childhood events as clearly as if it were yesterday, but these stories offer a sense of relief....   [tags: Personality Identity Communication]

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Identity Theft : The Appropriation Of Someone Else 's Personal Or Financial Identity

- Online Identity Theft Identity theft is the “appropriation of someone else’s personal or financial identity to commit fraud or theft” (Milne et al. 217) Identity theft can occur by physical or digital means. Understanding how identities can be stolen electronically is crucial to preventing identity theft. In addition to education, there is software and other preventative methods to prevent identity theft. An important way to prevent identity theft is to understand various ways people can steal an identity....   [tags: Identity theft, Theft, Fraud, Credit card fraud]

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The Biracial Population and Personal Identity

- In today’s society the high influx of interracial marriages between Black and White individuals has resulted in the biracial population increasing significantly over the past 30 years (Roth, 2005). According to the 2010 census, the number of American children that categorize themselves as biracial has increased to 4.2 million, making it the quickest emergent youth group in the United States (Census, 2010). This has led to interest in the biracial population; recent literature has shown that amongst many studies, “individuals perceive the relationship between their mixed parentage and their self identity differently” (Rockquemore & Brunsma, 2002)....   [tags: resutl of interracial marriages]

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There is No Captain Kirk: A Theory of Universal Lack of Personal Identity

- There is No Captain Kirk: A Theory of Universal Lack of Personal Identity There are multiple ways to interpret the second scenario provided to us. In general, the Captain Kirks in scenario two are either identical or they are not. Since we know that anything can only be numerically identical to itself, we also know that the two Kirks are not numerically or perfectly identical to each other. Thus, the question we are left with is: how are the two Kirks identical and how are they not....   [tags: Identity Essays]

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Personal Identity Research Paper : Ethnic And Cultural Identity

- Personal Identity Research Paper Racially, ethnically, and culturally, I classify myself as a white, Irish-Italian- American, woman. My mother was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and my paternal grandparents are from Sicily, Italy. I imagine being first generation Irish and second generation Italian makes me relate more with my ethnicity. My maternal grandfather impacted my development of my ethnic and cultural identity. He instilled a pride and an understanding of my Irish roots. Specifically, he brought me over to Belfast to learn and experience the culture....   [tags: Race, Family, Grandparent, Ethnic group]

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Historical And Personal Connotations Of Identity

- Humans seem to have an innate desire to belong, to be a part of a community of people that are similar to them in at least some way. From that desire, individuals craft specific identities and ways of living to place themselves within certain communities and separate from others. Identity can be made up partially by choice—the way people style their hair, how they talk, what materials they use, who they hang out with—but part of identity is also related to things that cannot be chosen, such as a person’s ethnicity or social class....   [tags: African American, Black people, Race, Africa]

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A Reflection of Personal Identity

- Looking in the mirror trying to form an assessment of who I am, and why requires introspection and a journey back through my life. I see that my love of music (mainly) and poetry were always encouraged by my family who supported creativity, and expression. I look at my reflection and see my strengths stemming directly from the relationships I hold close to my heart and treasure the support they provide in my life. My dad died right before my older brother came home from Vietnam in 1972. The loss I experienced in my world was indescribable, and my brother who is twelve years older than I stepped in to ease the pain....   [tags: Education, Life]

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Personal Identity and Psychological Reductionism

- Personal Identity and Psychological Reductionism When we tackle the question of 'What makes us the individual persons that we are?', one approach that we can take is to seek an answer to the question of what it is that is required for a person to continue to exist over time. If we could agree on what is required for it to be true that you continued to exist, then we would have good grounds to believe that we had discovered what makes someone the particular person they are, and by extension, what makes any person the person they are....   [tags: Psychology Psychological Papers]

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John Locke on Personal Identity

- In order to form an opinion on what Locke would do in the case of the 80 year old man who has been charged with war crimes that he genuinely does not remember one has to analyse the complex definitions surrounding identities. This essay will look into Locke’s thoughts and theories and by process of elimination speculate on how Locke would have evaluated the claim. Why the necessity to fully analyse the definition of identity. Locke believed that the identity of things was not always as readily discernable as what first meets the eye and as a consequence set about defining the identity of all things from physical objects, the identity of living entities and ultimately the identity of man and...   [tags: Human Understanding]

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Personal Identity and the Internet

- Personal Identity and the Internet Technology is changing rapidly. Now more than ever before, the Internet plays a vital role in everyday life. With the click of a mouse, people all over the world can exchange information with one another almost instantaneously. This changing technology allows people to broaden their horizons, exploring different cultures and learning new information. In addition to learning about others, the Internet provides people with a means of learning about themselves....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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John Locke 's Theory Of Personal Identity

- John Locke’s Theory of Personal Identity Many can remember a point in their life when they were a small child, carefree and happy with dirt on their knees and a smile on their face, but how can one know that he is the same person now as he was then. This is a question concerning personal identity; which addresses why someone at one point in life is identical with someone later in life. When it comes to personal identity and it’s persistence through time, many theories exist to explain what makes a person a person....   [tags: Consciousness, Mind, Psychology, Theory]

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Summary On John Locke 's View On Personal Identity

- Summary of John Locke’s view on personal identity The concept of personal identity is a central philosophical component to a debate to which many theorists have contributed their theories to. One of the most prominent theories on personal identities was by John Locke, one of the influential theorist in the 17th century. Locke first begins by making an important distinction between the nature of identity as being relative, rather than absolute. Through this distinction Locke claims that, the questioning of something being identical to another will be relative to the “category” or context we are discussing it in....   [tags: Consciousness, Mind, John Locke, Logic]

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Personal Identity : What Makes Up The Person That You Are?

- Your personal identity is what makes up the person that you are from one day to the next. Many philosophers question what personal identity truly is. Some philosophers agree that personal identity has great rational and a moral significance. Today, I will be talking about the philosopher that says the exact opposite of that: Derek Parfit. First, Parfit believes that at some future time, I shall either exist or I shall not exist. His second belief is that there some matters that are important to us that involve survival, responsibility, and memory, which we cannot decide unless the question of personal identity is answered....   [tags: Psychology, Mind, Thought, Cognition]

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John Locke And Rene Descartes ' Views On Personal Identity

- Many of the problems of philosophy are thousands of years old just like the argument of personal identity. In philosophy the problems that are often more important that one solution. They are ways of seeking an understanding. John Locke and René Descartes’ views of personal identity helps one increase the understanding of our self. John Locke’s answer to the problem is that there is a sameness in body overtime. His views can be found in his work “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.” René Descartes’ views on personal identity can be found in his “Meditations on First Philosophy.” According to John Locke, the 17th century philosopher, identity means being one thing and not another....   [tags: Consciousness, Mind, René Descartes]

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Personal Identity : A Reflection On The Ever Evolving Self

- Infinite Minds, One Body: A Reflection on the Ever-Evolving Self Philosophers have been pondering the idea of personal identity for thousands of years. Yet there is no general consensus on what truly makes us who we are, be it a soul, the sum total of all our experiences, or something else. Personally, I would suggest socialization at home and at school has the greatest impact on personal identity. However, keep in mind that I do not have thousands of years of philosophical theory to aid my argument, only twenty years of life experience (the first few of which I had to spend in diapers)....   [tags: Education, High school, Educational psychology]

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Evaluating The Effect of Personal Identity Development on Leadership Quality

- Leadership can be interpreted as how a person view him/herself as a reflection on his/her behavior and relationship towards others. The two main attributes of a leadership system are the leaders and their followers. The dynamics of relationship between a leader and his/her followers is often an indicator of the leadership quality. Incidentally, the dynamics of this relationship will much likely be affected by one’s self-concept. Thus, it is possible that leader’s and followers’ personal identity can act as both mediator and moderator of the interconnection between leaders and followers, and how they behave to construct the leadership system (Knippenberg, Cremer & Hogg, 2004)....   [tags: leadership systems]

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John Locke’s Theory of Personal Identity

- To understand Locke’s concept of personal identity it is necessary to understand what he means by identity and what he means specifically by personal identity. Locke states there are three substances that we have ideas of and that have identities. He defines idea in Essay concerning Human Understanding as “whatsoever is the object of the understanding when a man thinks” (Essay, chapter 1, section 8). That is to say that an idea, to Locke, is the basic unit of human thought. Identity is based off of comparison of these ideas in different times and places....   [tags: Empiricists, Empiricism]

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John Locke’s Theory of Personal Identity

- The question of personal identity is very intuitive, yet very difficult to define. Essentially, what makes you, you. John Locke was one philosopher who attempted to answer this question. He proposed a psychological theory to define personal identity. His theory does have some merit, but it is not a correct definition of personal identity, since there are some counter-examples that cannot be accounted for. My argument will prove that Locke’s theory of personal identity is false. Locke’s theory states that A is the same as B if and only if B remembers at T2 something done or experienced by A at T1....   [tags: Empiricists, Empiricism]

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The Importance of Personal Identity in Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- Author Alice Walker, displays the importance of personal identity and the significance of one’s heritage. These subjects are being addressed through the characterization of each character. In the story “Everyday Use”, the mother shows how their daughters are in completely two different worlds. One of her daughter, Maggie, is shy and jealous of her sister Dee and thought her sister had it easy with her life. She is the type that would stay around with her mother and be excluded from the outside world....   [tags: heritage, perspective, family]

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John Locke’s Theory of Personal Identity

- John Locke (1632-1704) said ‘To find wherein personal identity consists, we must consider what person stands for …’ (Locke, in set book, p. 275). Therefore, to recapitulate Locke’s philosophy on personal identity it is necessary to clarify how he inimitably used the term ‘person’ and consequently other words, such as ‘substance’ and ‘man’, which he utilized to form his philosophical ideas. Furthermore, his work on personal identity inspired debate amongst many subsequent philosophers and motivated disagreement and as such, it is important to counter Locke’s views with opposing arguments....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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Personal Identity: Philosophical Views

- Personal Identity: Philosophical Views Alan Watts once said, "Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth." The task of personal identity is to define a quality of a human which makes him or her a unique self. The person whose identity is in question must realize themselves, and other people must identify this person. In other words, what makes John unique from Bob. One must consider both internal (mind) and external (body) perspectives. There are several general philosophical theories of this identity problem....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Terrorism and Personal Identity

- Terrorism and Personal Identity       Consider the personal comment of an ethnically foreign US citizen after September 11, 2001:   I became a United States citizen four years ago because of my long love affair with New York....I am a Bangladeshi woman and my last name is Rahman, a Muslim name...Before last week, I had thought of myself as a lawyer, a feminist, a wife, a sister, a friend, a woman on the street. Now I begin to see myself as a brown woman who bears a vague resemblance to the images of terrorists we see on television....As I become identified as someone outside the New York community, I feel myself losing the power to define myself......   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Personal Identity

- Personal Identity Nell Bernstein is the author of "Goin' Gangsta, Choosin' Cholita: Claiming Identity," an essay describing how the youth in certain parts of the country are choosing their preferred identity rather than accepting their own. For example, in Bernstein's essay a girl named April, living in California, wants to be Mexican; therefore, she dresses like and attempts to talk in the same accent as a true Mexican, even though she is Anglo. The essay also specifically talks about the state of California, where all this identity changing is happening due to the great diversity of race there....   [tags: Papers]

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The Foundation of My Identity

- Among carpenters, it is a well-known fact that building a house upon a solid foundation is imperative. When beginning the construction of a home, the foundation is always the first step leading to success, for without it, the house will become unstable. During extreme weather, such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other conditions, a slight fault in the foundation of a home will most likely guarantee significant damage, if not complete destruction. Similar to a house, a person’s identity must rest upon a firm foundation; otherwise, it may not be capable of withstanding the ominous conditions of the world....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Identity Essay]

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My Dating Identity

- When you go on a date you picture worlds colliding, fireworks, and other western depictions of romance. My date included all of these elements, but not in the clichéd way you are probably picturing. Worlds collided all right; my postmodern world collided into his modern one. The fireworks that ensued were cataclysmic. It began with dinner, and it ended with shock and awe. He made reservations and endless compliments. It seemed that things would go well despite the decade age difference between us....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Identity Essay]

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Personal Narrative: Identity

- Personal Narrative: Identity Identity-“Ones personal qualities.”Identiy is something only he or she can fully define. My uncle says I am affectionate,cheerful, and calm. My grandmother sees me as slim, pretty and sweet. My dad described me as perky, cheerful and happy, my mom says beautiful, gentle, and self-conscious. These adjectives describe me accurately, yet they are only abstract versions of me. Adjectives cannot begin to describe me and I aknowlege these descriptions for what they are, a condensed translation from my outward self to the world....   [tags: Papers Personal Description Essays]

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Quest for Personal Identity in The Bluest Eye

- Quest for Personal Identity in The Bluest Eye          A main theme in Toni Morrison’s  The Bluest Eye is the quest for individual identity and the influences of the family and community in  that quest.  This theme is present throughout the novel and evident in many of  the characters.  Pecola Breedlove, Cholly Breedlove, and Pauline Breedlove and are all embodiments of this quest for identity, as well as symbols of the quest of many of the many Black people that were moving to the north in search of greater opportunities.              The Breedlove family is a group of people under the same roof, a family by name only.  Cholly (the father) is a constantly drunk and abusive man....   [tags: The Bluest Eye Essays]

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Are persons with MPD/Dissociative Identity Disorder responsible for bad actions committed when in an alter state?

- 2. Are persons with MPD/Dissociative Identity Disorder responsible for bad actions committed when in an alter state. Why or why not. Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) Diagnostic criteria dictates that the presence of two or more distinct identities (each with its’ own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and self), as well as at least two of these identities recurrently taking control of the person’s behavior coupled with the inability to recall important personal information that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness....   [tags: Mental Institution, Personal Identity]

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The Reconstruction of Self-Identity in Personal Webpages

- Charles Cheung, Identity Construction and Self-Presentation on Personal Homepages: emancipatory potentials and reality constrains, edited by Gauntlett, D& Horsley, R in Web Studies Chapter 4, London: Arnold, (2004), pp. 53-68, ISBN: 9780340814727 In the contemporary age of mass media especially in the age of web 2.0, the approaches to self-presentation have been tightly connected to the internet to some extent. As the emergence of personal homepages on the internet, this has been regarded as a newly-born and popular access to express individuals’ self-identities, or even reconstruct their identities....   [tags: presentation, internet, ideology]

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Analysis Of John Perry 's Dialogue On Personal Identity And Immorality

- In the real life, it is hard to judge our personal identity: we are aware of who we are every second and minute, we also are able to check our appearance that we have known since we were born from looking at mirror. We know “I am myself” all the time. In John Perry’s “dialogue on personal identity and immorality”, Dave Cohen and Sam Miller visit Gretchen Weirob in the hospital because of Weirob’s injury in a motorcycle accident, they raise a discussion on personal identity. Cohen later takes up issues raised in the case where Julia’s brain is taken from her deteriorated body and placed on the healthy body of Mary whose brain has been destroyed....   [tags: Psychology, Soul, Mind, Philosophy of mind]

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Personal Identity Factors Of A 's Sense Of Self Is The Political Realm

- One of the important personal identity factors of a homeschooler’s sense of self is the political realm. A question posed by critics is whether or not home schooling allows for the development of political tolerance (Cheng 50). To understand what is meant by this, first there must be a definition of political tolerance. Albert Cheng, a member of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, poses this definition: “political tolerance is defined as the willingness to extend civil liberties to groups who hold views with which one disagrees” (51)....   [tags: Homeschooling, Education, Alternative education]

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Personal Identity in Nella Larsen´s Passing

- Two but One In the novel, Passing, Nella Larsen presents two women, Clare and Irene who originate from the black community; however still yearn for an assured identity for themselves. Clare and Irene are childhood friends who even though being part black, are able to pass as white folk. Irene continues to be part of the black community and is considered a black woman, however this is on a superficial level. When it comes to her advantage, Irene occasionally passes as white. Clare on the other hand passes as a white woman; her lifestyle changed completely as to white standards and in....   [tags: Race, Fitting in]

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Personal Prevention of Identity Theft

- Personal Prevention of Identity Theft Today in the United States there is a crime that every citizen faces having committed against them and that is the crime of identity theft. Identity theft is the theft of one's personal identifying information such as one's name, address, date of birth, credit card numbers, bank information, and most of all social security number (National Insurance Crime Bureau, 2000). With the modernization of our world it has became easier for would be identity thieves to commit their crime....   [tags: Sociology]

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My Personal Experience with Gender Identity Disorder

- I am an eighteen year old girl and for as long as I can remember; being female didn’t seem right to me. I felt like I was trapped in a body that wasn’t mine and I still feel that way today. The gender I identify with is the opposite of what people perceive me to be. It is like someone played a nasty trick on me and now I am forced to be something I am not. When I was little I hated getting dressed up for holidays, parties, or any other kind of occasion. My mom would buy me these dresses and insist that I wore them....   [tags: Autobiography Essay, Personal Narrative]

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Analyzing Tony Soprano´s Life and Personal Development in Relation with the Philosophical Format of Identity

- In introducing someone most people use a format of giving the person’s name and some correlation of how they know them. In Italian culture; and more so, organized families, people are introduced as a friend of mine or a friend of ours. This is to establish the relationship to “The Family” and how they might be trusted. This does not allow for one’s own identity, but only for their association to, or not to, an affiliation. A person’s autonomy is then lost and only their social identity is known....   [tags: The Sopranos, identity, Ethics of Identity, Appiah]

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Personal Note On Self Identity

- My mother shouted “Kabayo!” meaning horse, as she looked in the mirror at her first pair of dentures. The misalignment and bulkiness failed to meet her desired look. Perhaps our family finances set a limitation on material selection. After the delay, the effects of the new pair were immediate to her attitude. Whatever the setback, I’ve continued to learn my favorite traits: patience and determination. Self-identity is influenced by the thoughts of one’s physical features and experiences. I, too, became self-conscious about my teeth as they grew in; I’d squeeze them together....   [tags: Dentistry, Oral and maxillofacial surgery]

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Personal Identity in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels

- Personal Identity in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels What establishes a person’s identity. What changes this personal identity. Psychologically, we have the ability to change our beliefs. Physically, our human bodies change. How do we frame the issue to better understand man’s inability to decipher his own self-identity, and more importantly, how do we know when and precisely where this change in identity occurs. Issues of personal identity are apparent in Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift....   [tags: Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels Essays]

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Behind the Scenes: The Effects of Acting on Personal Identity

- Scientists have found it most valuable to study the cases of twins in order to determine the relative contribution of genetics or environmental factors to intelligence. First off, it is important to have an understanding of the genetic distribution between the different groups. Identical twins share the exact same genetic material, giving them 100% genetic overlap. Secondly, all other first degree family members such as fraternal twins, siblings, and biological parents and children share 50% genetic overlap....   [tags: Genetics ]

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Confusion and Personal Identity in Rip Van Winkle

-   Rip Van Winkle tells the story of a man who, on a trek into the Kaatskill mountains, mysteriously sleeps away twenty years of his life during the Revolutionary War. When he returns home, he finds that things have dramatically changed; King George no longer has control over the colonies, and many of his friends have either died or left town. At this point, the story reaches its climax, where Van Winkle realizes that his life may be forever changed. To this point, Rip Van Winkle has had only to deal with the change in his surroundings....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays]

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Achieving Personal Identity in The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

- Achieving Personal Identity in The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood In the novel, The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood, the principal character Marian McAlpine establishes a well-integrated and balanced personality by rejecting the domination of social conventions, and conquering her own passivity. Through this process to self-awareness, Atwood uses imagery and symbolism to effectively parallel Marian’s journey and caricatures to portray the roles of the ‘consuming’ society. As Marian stands at a pivotal point in her life, she examines and rejects the roles presented to her by society in order to achieve self-knowledge....   [tags: Papers]

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Identification Theft And Identity Theft

- Tommy Parks Andrew Bates ADMJ 333 October 6, 2015 Identity Theft Identity theft can happen to anyone. Identity theft is nothing new, it has been happening to people for decades. Before computers were prevalent, identity theft occurred when criminals would steal purses and wallets. With computers being more ubiquitous, ID theft has become easier to get away with, whereas prior to computers, thieves would have to go into banks and would have a higher chance of being caught. Identity theft will happen to you....   [tags: Identity theft, Theft, E-mail, Personal computer]

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The Foundation of My Identity

- Ronald Takaki, a frequent writer of cultural backgrounds, reminds us that, “America does not belong to one race or one group, the people in this study remind us, and Americans have been constantly redefining their national identity from the moment of first contact on the Virginia shore. By sharing their stories they invite us to see ourselves in a different mirror.“ Out of my fellow composition students, at State University, I am the only one whose great great grandparents came over to the USA....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Identity Essay]

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Personal Narrative Self Identity

- Personal Narrative Self Identity Throughout most of my childhood, I have been predominantly exposed to nothing but the Chinese culture. When my parents first immigrated to the United States from Canton, China, they rented a small apartment located right in the heart of Chinatown. Chinatown was my home, the place where I met all my friends, and the place where I'd thought I'd never leave. I spoke only Cantonese, both to my friends and to my parents. Everyone I was around spoke fluent Cantonese, and I never spoke anything other than Cantonese....   [tags: Papers]

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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke

- In his “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding” John Locke discusses personal identity where he tries to show that personal identity depends on our memories. Locke also discuses some of the changes that are possible in our constitution that still result in the same personal identity. However, I think that Locke fails to account for certain aspects of memory that effect personal identity which leads me to think personal identity may not be what Locke proposes it to be. Locke distinguishes between three types of substances: God, finite intelligences and bodies....   [tags: personal identity, philosophical analysis]

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The Triumph of Bundle Theory: A Lack of Evidence for an Enduring Self

- I. Introduction When thinking about the self, one is inclined to accept the idea of a personal identity that survives throughout time. This tendency is reflected in substance theory, the belief that the self is not just a collection of properties such as experiences and perceptions, but the vehicle for possessing these properties. The bundle theory makes the opposite argument. The theory claims that the inclinations for a personal identity are natural but flawed, as the self is simply a bundle of perceptions....   [tags: Personal Identity, Substance Theory]

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Discussing Different Types of Identities

- Critical Reflection Admittedly when the project was given to us, I thought the project would be easy because it is just illustrating our own identity as individuals. Sooner I found out that identity is very volatile, as Richard Jenkins (1996) stated that the ‘identity is often in the eye of the beholder’. When discussing identity, all sorts of sub category comes up within on one word; personal identity, social identity, national identity, ethnic identity, feminist identity, and amongst the others (Sarup, 1996, p1)....   [tags: social, national and personal identity]

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My Philippine Identity

- My Philippine Identity Identity is the essence of a person which makes him stand out as an individual. There are various factors which help form and evolve a person's persona, and that is what I write about in the follwing essay. We did not think it mattered. Who needed the "right" car, family lineage, the "right" education, domestic helpers--basically the "right" everything. We perceived all of the above as parts of the pretension of the Philippine society, yet it was so easy for us to ignore and dissociate ourselves from it because we were the products of this "right" term....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Identity Essays]

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