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.

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