The Coherence Of the Constitution View of Human Persons
Baker (Lynne Rudder)
Source: Baker (Lynne) - Persons and Bodies, Chapter 8
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Oxford Scholarship Online Abstract

    Defends the coherence of the application of the idea of constitution to human persons. I discuss the misleading conception of constitution (which I have spelled out in detail) as mere coincidence of two different thing, another version of the “how many” problem, a charge of linguistic incoherence stemming from the reference of ‘I’. I show at length that the Constitution View1 has a coherent account of the relation between an early-term fetus2 and the person that it comes to constitute later. Finally, I reply to a counterexample concerning ghosts made of ectoplasm.
Sections
  1. Constitution is Not Mere ‘Coincidence’
  2. The “How Many” Problem and Linguistic Coherence
  3. Is There a “Fetus3 Problem”?
  4. A Counterexample on Offer
  5. Conclusion


Write-up4 (as at 18/12/2010 19:58:05): Baker - The Coherence Of the Constitution View of Human Persons

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