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Fun Philosophy: Are You the Same Person Over Time? Can You Survive Teleporting?
An exciting intro to the Philosophy of Personal Identity using fun thought experiments ranging from Greek Ships to Teleporting Machines. We will explore what makes you YOU and examine what you hold most valuable about yourself!
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year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class
50 minute class
TOPICS COVERED: Philosophy of Personal Identity, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, John Locke, Hericlitus The aim of my "Fun Philosophy" series of classes is to discuss the most interesting topics in Philosophy, because if we enjoy our first experiences of thinking, then this encourages kids to keep going (see my other class listing for examples). So this is a great way to get hooked on THINKING, by starting with an easily accessible and enjoyable topic. Kids can then use their new thinking...
To think and learn without realising it, because you are having fun! By the end of the class students will be aware of the main arguments in the area of Philosophy of Personal Identity, such as P-Theoies and C-Theories. And will also have some fun thought experiments to freak their friends out with!
I have a PhD in Philosophy and have taught this course may times - it's one of my favourites and the students all love it too.
None. Although (on request) students can be directed to other external sources discussing this area of Philosophy. I can also schedule a discussion group, or more advanced classes, if your child wants to explore this subject further.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
None. Although (on request) the student can be sent a quick quiz on the lesson to test what they remember from the class.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a well respected reviewed source of great introductions into all Philosophical Topic. There are also many follow on references at the bottom of each article. Wikipedia is also a good starting point, but is obviously less reliable as it is not peer reviewed. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/identity-personal/ Locke J. (1975) "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford: Clarendon Press - (original work, 2nd ed., first published 1694) Lowe E. J. (1996) "Subjects of Experience" Cambridge University Press Lowe E. J. (2005) "Locke" - Routledge Philosophers Hume D. (1739 ) "Treatise of Human Nature" Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978 Dainton B. (2005) - "Stream of Consciousness: Unity and Continuity in Conscious Experience" Routledge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_identity
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Hello there. At the moment I am teachinig one-off & 4 Day classes during the summer, as well as a few ongoing Summer Semester classes. So please join any of my classes. Full Semester classes start again in the first 2 weeks of September. I teach...