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One theory of personal identity is known as the body theory This is defined as a person X has a personal identity if and only if they have the same body Y However there are two problems with this definition The first is qualitative It is necessary to have the same body but if that body is changed is one the same person Someones body is surely different at age 40 than at age 4 Also a problem arrives in alterations to a body If my cat were to get an infection in her lower intestine and had to have part of it removed would she not return as the same cat that I began with Therefore the preceding definition of body theory is not sufficient since it does not account alterations to the same body Yet another problem is numerical If my cat were to get her tail chopped off or caught in a door would that tail become another cat What if a scientist was to use someones DNA and replicate another cat with the same furry body Surely just because there are two identical bodies these bodies cannot be the same cat They would live two different lives Therefore the body theory alone cannot be considered a necessary and sufficient definition when defining personal identity Another common theory of personal identity is the soul theory This theory is a person is has personal identity if and only if they have the same soul The problem with this theory is arrived from the definition of a soul Soul is a very difficult term It is thought by many to be a spirit that passes from your body into another realm heaven hell and all the other bugaboos that crazy people believe in However since no one has ever seen felt touched smelled or tasted a soul it is a mysterious phenomenon Since we have no clear and distinct idea of a
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