|Source: O'Hear - Minds and Persons|
|Paper - Abstract|
Philosophers Index Abstract
Persons are creatures with a range of personal capacities (and probably not a natural kind)1. My aim is to consider what nonpersonal minds are like. I examine some particular cases, including mud, earthworms, dogs, philosophers and God. Darwin's earthworms are sensitive, passionate and, in their degree, intelligent. Other creatures may be able to perceive that world as also accessible to other minds, and structure it by locality and temporal relation. Nonpersonal mind, on both modern materialist and Plotinian grounds, may be the more usual, and the less deluded, sort of mind.
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