By Jacob Childress on Jan 22, 2010
Who am I? What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for personhood? In what way am I myself, and not somebody else? Do I have some kernel of selfhood independent of contingent factors, such as environment and parentage? Does my selfhood persist over time? Am I the same person now as my childhood self? Is the continuity of self constituted by consciousness or memory? What if I am an amnesiac? What if I were to fall into a persistent vegetative state? If a surgeon were to swap my brain with another person, which person could be said to be me? Can God cook a breakfast so big that even He can't finish it?
This weblog is about identity, the philosophical question of how we determine that a thing is itself and not another thing. Over the coming months, we hope to discuss -- and maybe even answer -- the above questions, and many more.
(Actually, we won't answer the last question, though please see my weblog about scale.)