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A person has a body A person is a body Which of these statements more accurately expresses the truth about personal identity When considering the content of the question there are two questions which must be considered before an adequate conclusion can be found what really and fundamentally identifies and distinguishes persons at a single time and what enables us to reidentify them over time The second question of course deals with how people change physically and mentally over a certain period of time including survival after physical death When answering these questions first we must distinguish between body brain personality mind and soul with some of these providing better information on identity than others and then these must be characterised into two groups namely physical and psychological When determining an object or a persons identity we have to be very careful for example when we speak of things as the same or as different we need to be careful as to distinguish between qualitative and numerical identity If someone is talking about the same car for example he may mean a car of the same make colour and year of registration or he may actually mean the very same car The latter example is numerical or strict identity and this is what we are concerned with when having discussions about personal identity Taking this consideration into account physical criteria seem to give more information and appear more promising than psychological criteria at this point in helping to determine identity In consideration of physical identity I will assume here that a person is fundamentally a physical and biological system In most cases identity is established by the relevant physical substance either the whole body or of some special part of it There are several problems which are
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