The Importance Of Being a Person
Baker (Lynne Rudder)
Source: Baker (Lynne) - Persons and Bodies, Chapter 6
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    Discusses the importance of personhood. Only persons can be moral agents or rational agents. Persons have many cognitive and practical abilities that beings lacking first-person perspectives1 lack. Only beings with first-person perspectives2 can know that they are going to die; only such beings can envisage alternative possibilities for their own futures, or seek self-understanding. Only beings with first-person perspectives3 can have ideals or can try to change themselves to conform better to their ideals. Human persons are not only the products of evolution, but (unlike any other finite beings) only human persons can deliberately change the course of evolution—not only by artificial breeding, but more directly by genetic engineering.
  1. Moral Agency
  2. Rational Agency
  3. Some Cognitive and Practical Capacities
  4. Unity of Consciousness
  5. Conclusion

Write-up4 (as at 18/12/2010 19:58:05): Baker - The Importance Of Being a Person

This note controls my detailed review of "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - The Importance Of Being a Person", Chapter 6 of "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View". I’ve pirated the Oxford Scholarship Online summaries as a temporary expedient.

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