Philosophy

Do I Have a Core Essence?

The purpose of this discussion assignment is to reflect upon your understanding of different historical and philosophical approaches to the self. After completing your readings, write a 1 – 1.5 page paper explaining the avocado/essentialist idea of the self. Remember to explain specific theories with supporting citations from the textbook and online lectures. Review and comment on the posts of other students and the instructor by the end of the week.

As you develop your response, you might find some of the following questions to be relevant:

•What is the core essence human beings are said to share?

•What are some of the differences/similarities between the avocado and artichoke views of the self?

•What is the relationship between human and divine nature?

The Artichoke Version of the Self

Write a 2 page paper explaining the artichoke idea of the self. Remember to explain secific theories with supporting citations from the textbook and online lectures. (Here is a guide to help you with APA-style citations.)

As you develop your response, you might find some of the following questions to be relevant:

•What is the existential idea of the self?

•What do you make of the feminist, existential, and non-Western critiques of/alternatives to the essentialist/avocado self? Are there any problems with the idea that human beings are fundamentally rational creatures?

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