Death, sample thesis statements


Your paper ought to be centered around giving support for a thesis. This thesis should be based on the material we've studied in the class, but the paper should not just be exposition of what the people we've studied have said, but should contain arguments for your own views that take as their starting point the arguments we've looked at in class.

These are just samples; you may argue for one of these if you wish, but you aren't restricted to them. Another good place to look is in the list of reading response papers; they give a decent list of topics we've studied and suggestions about things you might want to argue about.


In this paper, I will argue that Locke's objections against the 'spiritual substance' view of personal identity fail.

In this paper, I will argue that Hume is right to suppose that we don't encounter a 'self' within our experiences, but that this doesn't give us good grounds for rejecting the 'self's existence.

In this paper, I will argue that we do have a sort of identity similar to the sort of identity that plants have across time, and that Locke was right (and Hume wrong) to count as a genuine identity, not mere similarity.

In this paper, I will argue that Butler's objections against Locke's memory criterion of personal identity succeed, and that parfit's attempt to answer those objections via 'q'memory' fail.

In this paper, I will argue that Rahula and Parfit are wrong that losing a beleif in the self would help make us less afraid of death.

In this paper, I will argue that the person who enters to teletransporter dies, and ought to be afraid of his death.

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