What Is Personal Identity? - Definition, Philosophy & Development


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When philosophers question persistence, what are they debating?

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1. What are impressions, according to philosopher David Hume?

2. The concept of mind-body dualism has had a lasting impact on our society's way of thinking about ourselves and is an idea present in many religious traditions as well.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many theories as to how personalities develop and change over the course of a person's life. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of those theories and philosophies of personal identity. You'll be tested on areas that include mind-body dualism, philosophers' questions regarding personal identity, and theories on identity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following aspects of personal identity:

  • A theory related to a person's sense of self
  • Impressions in identity philosophy
  • Persistence in identity theory

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of personal identity
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define and/or contextualize main terms and phrases, such as persistence and mind-body dualism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the development of personal identity
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about philosophies and theories on personal identity

Additional Learning

To learn more about personal identity, review the accompanying lesson titled What is Personal Identity? - Definition, Philosophy & Development. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Definition of personal identity
  • Philosophy of identity
  • Development of personal identity
  • Physical continuity theory