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Personal Identity can be broken down into three areas 1 Body 2 Memory and 3 Soul In John Perrys A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality these composing aspects of personal identity are discussed at length In the reading and class discussions the body was defined clearly as a part of ones person even alluded to at times as a prison in which one cannot escape until one dies Memory and ones Soul seemed to be lumped together many times understandably so for the two bare many things in common such as they are intangible cannot be completely defined as to what each exactly is people remember things that did not actually happen to them are those still memories do you have one soul throughout your life and both are thought to compose ones character and beliefs This essay will deal with the two aspects of ones personal identity which are the most obvious in day to day life that of the body and of soulmemory As stated beforehand memory and the soul bare many of the same qualities The body and soul however also share this trait Perry illustrates in his essay that the body and soul are similar because there is a link between one another that is they both make up a person and are responsible for the qualities associated with being an individual height weight character belief etc Perry also comes back to challenge this using the analogy of a river If one goes to a river and then the next day goes back to the same river the person will not say that it is a different river although almost all of the properties of the river have changed water molecules pollution level temperature etc This is the same with a person for we say that a person at adolescence is still the same person at adulthood even though the the persons beliefs knowledge and character may have changed over
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