This subject explores philosophical ideas about the self and personal identity. Topics include the nature of the self, personal identity over time, personal identity and practical reason, self-deception, the self and personal relations (especially friendship), and the implications mental illnesses like multiple personality disorder, autism and psychopathy have for our concept of the self. We begin with the common-sense notion of the self due to Descartes, and then, in the light of a variety of concepts listed above we examine some key philosophical theories that have grown up in response to Descartes.
No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Descartes' theory of the self - history of ideas of the self - personal identity - personal identity and practical reason - postmodernist critiques of the self - self-deception - friendship and the self - mental illness and the self
The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHL305 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.