Max Hallman's Traversing Philosophical Boundaries

3864 Words Jan 7th, 2018 16 Pages
Instead of relying on his own individual analyses, he takes an unbiased opinion of highly controversial topics and instead uses the texts written by other philosophers, thus given voracity and authenticity to each argument. It then becomes up to the reader to research each side of the given arguments and formulate their own conclusions about which side they most agree with, if they even have a definite opinion at all. Hallman explores the concepts of self and unself through texts written by philosophers throughout time. Both the articles "On Personal Identity" by John Locke and "There is No Personal Identity" by David Hume illustrate the various opinions that have been expressed through history regarding how humans define themselves and how human beings as a whole group create and individuate identity. Other essays in the text which focus on conceptions of the self include "Cicles" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Nature of the Soul and Its Relation to the Body" by Plato, and "On the Real Distinction Between Mind and Body" by Rene Descartes. In the former two essays, the authors explore identity and the latter three essays, the authors discuss the self in terms of a being who possesses both a mind and a body and how those two things are related, if…

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