with Sally Zeiner
I think, therefore I am?
"Cogito ergo sum" concluded Rene Descartes. I think, therefore I am.
Last week, the students in the Foundations of Philosophy class continued to work on refining and articulating their position on the core of personal identity. They wrote down their ideas in class, and those who felt comfortable read them aloud.
For the past two weeks we have been discussing the core ingredients of personal identity. Can you lose your body like the Tin Woodman or the children in Five Children and It?
I think that you need everything: Thoughts, Feelings, Body, Relationships and Memories to be yourself. You need those because if you didn't have them you would change and you wouldn't be the same person. Your body would change and you wouldn't have relationships and memories with your family. You would be different just because you lost those few things. To be yourself you need to have them.