Philosophy

1.     Which aspects of your self (or self-identity) do you attribute directly to your upbringing in a particular family, in a particular society, or in a particular neighborhood, city, or other environment? Which do you attribute to nature (that is, to instincts and inherited characteristics)? Which aspects of your self (if any) would you say are entirely your own, independent of other people and your biological nature? (70 words)

 

2. When a person says, I think such and such . . . is there necessarily reference to a self there, or is the word I simply a function of grammar? Would it make sense to say, as Bertrand Russell once suggested, that It thinks in me or There is a thought here instead ((60 words)

Briefly summarize the reading attached. Focus on key points, main highlights, and what you found particularly interesting about the reading. (220 words)