Explaining Dualism and Physicalism using Kagan’s book

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Explaining Dualism and Physicalism using Kagan’s book

Assignment 2
Answer one of the following questions. (approximate word length, 1,200-1,500 words)
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1.    Firstly, drawing on Kagan’s book, Death, carefully explain Dualism, and carefully explain Physicalism. Excluding free will arguments, explain three arguments for Dualism. (One of these arguments for Dualism should be Descartes’ argument.)  Consider objections to these three arguments for Dualism. All things considered, do you think the case for Dualism or Physicalism is stronger? Defend your answer. Consider a problem with your defense, and explain how you will overcome this problem.

2.      Secondly, what is the problem of personal identity? Explain the best version of the personality view and the bodily view of personal identity?  Develop two objections to each view of personal identity. In the final analysis which view of personal identity do you think is strongest, and how would you respond to the major difficulties with this view. According to Kagan, using his example, explain why he thinks identity is not what matters in survival, and explain what does he think matter? Raise a problem for his view of what matters in survival.

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