What is it that makes me, ‘me’, even though now I’m not much like the child I once was? The simple answer is that I’m an animal, with a genetic inheritance from my parents and ancestors, and I’ve been shaped by the things that have happened to me. And, of course, by what I’ve chosen to do. But plenty of people think that there’s a core self, something unchanging behind this, a ‘soul’ maybe.
Nigel Warburton explores different philosophers' concepts of 'self', and the role of memory, genetics, and whether we have a soul.