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The theoretical and legal understanding of the self as a coherent and responsible agent goes back at least to John Locke’s minimalist account; does Locke’s theory of the self have the explanatory power to account for the complexity of the self or do we need to develop new understandings?

Questions of how to account for the self, its relation to the world, and what the self should do have been a central preoccupation of philosophers and theorists at least since the fourth century BC (Ancient Greece). In this subject we have investigated the theories of several modern philosophers in an attempt to get to the bottom of these questions. In this essay you will need to defend one of the views presented against the view of at least one of the other theorist.

Your Task / Question
The theoretical and legal understanding of the self as a coherent and responsible agent goes back at least to John Locke’s minimalist account; does Locke’s theory of the self have the explanatory power to account for the complexity of the self or do we need to develop new understandings?

1000-1200 words


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