Explain what you think the appropriate response to the case of two prospective mothers is (It was discussed in the reading and lecture).
Please chose one of the following paper topics. Your discussion should be between 600-750 words. Part of this assignment is to explain your reasoning clearly and succinctly.
Option 1: In this paper you will argue for your preferred criterion of personal identity. Start by explaining what the question of personal identity is, and very briefly explain one or two proposed answers. Then explain, as clearly and succinctly as you can, one of two thought experiments discussed in Parfit’s paper on personal identity, and the problem it raises for some proposed criterion of personal identity. You may chose either the case of brain transplantation or teletransportation. Briefly explain what Parfit thinks the thought experiment shows and why. If you disagree with Parfit, briefly try to explain why. Then explain what, if anything, you think the thought experiment shows and why. If you agree with Parfit, explain what Parfit thinks about searching for a criterion of personal identity, and then consider some ways you think adopting that view of the question of personal identity in your ordinary life would, or would not, change what you do, or believe in significant ways.
Option 2: In this paper you will develop your preferred response to the non-identity problem. Start by explaining what the non-identity problem is, as clearly and succinctly as you can. Then explain one line of response to the problem (example: ‘someone might argue that there are ways to wrong that do not consistent in harming …’). Be sure to define any important terms as you do (e.g., ‘harm’), and explain why you think it fails to address the problem. Then introduce your preferred response to the problem, giving at least two carefully considered reasons why you think this is the best response to the problem. Explain what you think the appropriate response to the case of two prospective mothers is (It was discussed in the reading and lecture). End by considering how someone might object to your strategy, and (briefly) reply.