What Makes A Human Person? Essay

807 Words Apr 25th, 2016 4 Pages
What does it mean to be a human person? In the beginning of learning about philosophy I stumbled across finding a way to answer what it means to be a human person. When thinking about what it means to be a human person, my first initial thought was to cherish our lives with those who care for us. We may not know how long our time will be on Earth but through experience we can still overcome this downfall. Every individual is trying to work towards a career to enjoy their lives in order to accomplish their goal before dying. Having a positive mindset could set us at an advantage allowing us to take care of our bodies. Our bodies rely on our mind in order to make decisions and survive in this world. Each individuals thought process and memory can serve as the purpose for what makes them a human person. But I’ve come to realize that this doesn’t fulfill the answer on what determines a human person?, where is the reference “I” located?, and what does the mind represent?. First, what determines a human person? A human person could be determined based on either the mind or the body. When researching, philosophers such as Descartes, Hinrichs, and Searle we are shown the true meaning of what it means to be a human person. Descartes theory is that the mind and body are two separate entities, the mind could be without the body. He believes the mind and body can interact with each other, even though one is a mental substance and the other is a physical substance. Descartes tries to…

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