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Answer ALL of the following questions.  In doing so, again, as on the other assignments, think of your audience as someone who has not taken our class and your job is to explain to this person what you have learned from our readings.

Again, YOU NEED TO CITE CAREFULLY and frequently where in our readings you are getting your information.  You are welcome to use parenthetical references and just cite the author and page number. 

You DO NOT need to repeat the questions.  Just number your answers. 

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1.      Explain in your own words the argument in favor of dualism given by Richard Swinburne in his piece, “A Defense of Substance Dualism.”  What is it exactly that he thinks a Materialist cannot explain but a Dualist can?  What is the point of his brain-transplant examples? 

 

2.      What does Paul Churchland (in the Chapter from his book Matter and Consciousness that I posted on our blackboard site) say is the argument from “the relative explanatory impotence of dualism as opposed to materialism”?  Do you think this is a convincing argument against dualism?  Why or why not?

 

3.      On p. 374 of Feinberg’s text, the philosopher Derek Parfit draws a distinction between the Ego theory and the Bundle Theory of Personal Identity.  What exactly is the difference between these?  What religion advocates the Bundle Theory?  What sorts of beliefs and attitudes does Parfit think we would hold if we accepted the Bundle Theory? 

 

4.      What do you think happens to you after you die?  What is the “you” that you think either will or won’t survive?  Your body?  Your soul?  Something else?  Nothing at all?  Why does Gretchen Weirob, in the piece by John Perry, “A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality,” reject the view that you are your soul, and that your soul lives on after you die?  How does her friend Sam Miller respond to her concerns?  Who do you think is right?  Why?

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 07/10/2014 12:00 am
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