Who am I?

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Who am I?

I am an 18 year old black female applying for an honors college for an HBCU. My essay is under the topic “Who am I”. My feelings of this is that emotions can cause a person to act unnatural. I need a 750-1000 word, 3-4 pages, 11 point, double spaced, Times New Roman Essay. MLA format, at least 3 sources.

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Who Am I?

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The purpose of this discussion assignment is to reflect upon your understanding of different historical and philosophical approaches to the self. After completing your readings, write a 2–3-page paper contrasting the avocado/essentialist idea of the self with the artichoke/protean view of the self. Remember to explain specific theories with supporting citations from the textbook and online lectures before contrasting them. (Here is a guide to help you with APA-style citations.)

As you develop your response, you might find some of the following questions to be relevant:

  • What are some of the differences/similarities between the avocado and artichoke views of the self?
  • What do you make of the feminist, existential, and non-Western critiques of the essentialist/avocado self? Are there any other problems with the idea that human beings are fundamentally rational creatures?
  • What is the role of desire in the self? Is it really something separate from reason, as modernism, Christianity, and Islam assert? Can it be controlled? Should it be?

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