This assignment helps in the understanding of different historical and philosophical approaches to the self.It also helps us to understand the core essence human beings are said to share.
The purpose of this discussion assignment is to reflect upon your understanding of different historical and philosophical approaches to the self. After completing your readings, write a 2–3-page paper explaining the avocado/essentialist idea of the self. Remember to explain specific theories with supporting citations from the textbook and online lectures. Review and comment on the posts of other students and the instructor by the end of the week.
As you develop your response, you might find some of the following questions to be relevant:
Last week, we studied Socratic philosophy and spent some time reflecting upon how to read a philosophical text as well as some questions of wisdom and knowledge, including self-knowledge. This week, we’ll be probing even more deeply into the question of the self by examining theories of consciousness and identity. What is the self? Do we even have a self? What is the relationship between the self and the body? What happens to the self after we die? Is there an essential self? Do we have a soul? How do race, gender, and other characteristics impact our sense of self? Does culture have an impact on how we understand ourselves? We will introduce some ideas and questions that are to be metaphysical ones.
Your Learning Objectives for the Week: