JCCC Honors Journal

Article Title

Personal Identity


What is the definition of what it means to be a person, what it means to be a human, and the differentiation between the two? Through deductive and inductive reasoning, the argument is made that there is only one universal person who is identical inside all of us and that it is actually our human qualities which make us unique. Similarities and differences are highlighted between the author’s person and the established philosophical views of personhood, including Buddhist, David Hume, Cartesian and Hindu philosophies on personal identity. The author suggests that the nature of human hood and the nature of personhood and the differences between the two indicate purpose for the life of the functional human.