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William Bauer on Personal Identity and Survival

William Bauer Ph.d., Teaching Assistant Professor of Philosophy at NCSU will be presenting the topic: Personal Identity and Survival.

"What makes a person the very same person through time? Intuition indicates that you are numerically the same person you were yesterday, but what explains this? We will briefly explore two traditional theories of personal identity over time, found in the works of Rene Descartes and John Locke. Then, we will examine whether personal identity over time matters or not by looking at some thought experiments formulated by Derek Parfit, a contemporary philosopher, and identifying some challenges to his view."

For more information about William Bauer and his work:


Hope you can join us.  Please arrive between 6:30 and 7:00 and try to put your orders in before the presentation starts at 7:00.

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  • Gene Y.

    I enjoyed it very much.

    May 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the consideration of the topic was great. We may have become a bit obsessive unnecessarily about the example of the severed corpus collosum. Replicating the "coding" of a complete and normal brain to reflect another is more likely in some future development. The brain serves both storage and function; the severed hemispheres satisfy the functional replacement. Memory is another matter. Did I say "obsessive unnecessarily?" Guilty!

    May 15, 2012

  • Mary F.

    Good discussion on a complex topic. Nice people.

    May 15, 2012

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