The course aims to help students improve their philosophical reading and writing. Students will write or revise papers weekly, and they will meet weekly with their GSIs to discuss their work. The instructor will hold two one-hour class meetings each week to discuss the philosophical issues (of personal identity) about which the students will be writing, and to offer general advice about reading and writing philosophy. Readings will be drawn from the works of Locke, Reid, Hume, and three or four contemporary philosophers. The course is required of philosophy majors, and enrollment is restricted to students who have declared the major.