Philosophers like David Hume

Philosophers like David Hume

Philosophers like David Hume, Heraclitus, William James, and the many practitioners of Buddhism (and there are many others as well) claim that the

Philosophers like David Hume, Heraclitus, William James, and the many practitioners of Buddhism (and there are many others as well) claim that the “self” is merely an illusion. It is a concept that we use to refer to ourselves but when we try to show what this concept actual refers to, we find that it in fact refers to nothing. We are constantly changing and therefore any talk of a “self” is foolish. The argument could be stated as: “If a person has a self, then there must be something unchanging about the person. There is nothing unchanging about the person. Therefore, there is no self.” Do you agree with this statement? If yes, then explain why the argument makes sense. Are there any problems that may occur if you take this position? Advantages? If you disagree with this statement, then explain what is unchanging about the self and why the illusion argument is incorrect. Are there any problems that may occur if you understand the self in this way? Explain why or why not.

There are two main requirements as far as content: (1) Be sure to explain all the important philosophical aspects of your topic completely and thoroughly and (2) give a well-reasoned argument for your own reasoned argument concerning the issue at hand. This is the main rubric for which I grade your essays upon.

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