FTR-FIMI209
Philosophy of Personal Identity
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIMI209
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
Lecturer(s)
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. L.C. de Bruin
Other course modules lecturer
Lecturer
prof. dr. M.V.P. Slors
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2016
Period
PER3  (30/01/2017 to 19/03/2017)
Starting block
PER3
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims

At the end of this course you will be able to:
(1) evaluate the most important theoretical perspectives on the question of numerical identity;
(2) explain how this question is related to questions about personhood, authenticity, autonomy and self-knowledge;
(3) reflect on the impact of recent scientific developments on various aspects of personal identity.

Content

In this course we focus on a number of central issues surrounding the topic of personal identity. We start with the traditional question of numerical identity: what does it take for a person to remain the same person over time? From there on we explore related questions such as: What is a person? What makes me different from other persons? What does it mean to be autonomous? How do I know myself and what gives me authority over my own mind? We approach these questions from various angles - modern and contemporary philosophy, philosophy of mind, experimental psychology and social neuroscience.

 

Test information
Assignments (50%), final essay (50%).

Prerequisites
BA 1 Philosophy.

Recommended materials
Literature
Literature will be made available on Blackboard.

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Paper
Test weight1
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock TENT3, Block TENT4