What Makes Me, Me?

What makes me, me?

During a long and dangerous voyage Dave’s ship needs several repairs, eventually meaning that every single part of the ship has been replaced. When he gets home his wife is convinced he has a different ship… 

An exploration of the concept of identity using the story of the Ship of Theseus, made famous by British philosopher Thomas Hobbes. Using the example of a ship changing over time and becoming materially completely different, it encourages children to consider the meaning of identity, stimulating a discussion on memory and experience.

Adapted from The If Machine by Peter Worley.

Fun and engaging short films exploring fundamental philosophical concepts through everyday questions that children ask, and adults often struggle to answer.

The films provide a springboard into wider philosophical exploration and debate in the classroom and beyond, considering concepts such as morality, identity and fairness, and aim to help Key Stage 2 students to think logically, laterally and creatively.

There are two versions of each story: one that includes a breakout to class discussion for additional guidance, and one with just the stories, for you to use in the way that works best for you.

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UK residents can watch the BBC animated adaptation via their iplayer streaming service by clicking the main picture or the button above.