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I. Body and Soul
We have discussed two accounts of personal identity: the body theory and the soul theory. According to the body theory, we are our bodies.
The body theory is undermined by the inconstancy of material constitution. Our bodies change quickly, and thoroughly.
We are all like Gregor Samsa, physically, in the sense that our material constitution changes constantly, even if our appearance does not.
The changes to our selves are more like the psychological or experiential changes to Gregor, gradual and almos...

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