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What Makes you YOU? The Paradox of Theseus’s Ship

It’s one of the oldest concepts in Western Philosophy. Heraclitus wrote about it. So did Plato… But perhaps the most eloquent explanation of this timeless thought experiment was accomplished by the historian, biographer and essayist, Plutarch. He did so with the help of the Greek hero Theseus and his famous ship. The concept goes like