The concept of a person is as central to our self-understanding as it is to western philosophy. This first-year seminar explores this important concept through direct immersion in two areas of contemporary debate. The first concerns freedom. Persons, it is thought, have at least some degree of autonomy. This belief in free will, however central to out moral outlook, seems threatened by advances in biology and psychology. Must we give up out belief in free persons or change our moral practice if it turns out that everything we do is determined by forces outside our control? The second debate concerns identity and change. Persons, it is thought, are complex entities that persist through time and survive radical change, perhaps even death. How do we say that this person now, after some change, is the same person she was then, before the change, and not some new person? What principles are implicit in our everyday judgments concerning personal identity? Readings in the course are drawn from both classic and contemporary sources.