The course serves as an introduction to a consideration of human nature. We address fundamental issues such as: What makes us who we are? What distinguishes us from animals? Do we persist as one and the same person over time? If so, what allows for this persistence – is it our minds, our brains, our bodies, or our life stories? What is the difference between persons and monsters? Persons and gods? Persons and artificial intelligences? This includes attributions of status and recognition to individual and group identities within complex social structures and institutions.