Persons - Philosophical Background: The Nature of Persons
Bourgeois (Warren)
Source: Bourgeois - Persons: What Philosophers Say about You, 2003, Chapter 1
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Contents

  1. What is Philosophy?
    • 1.1 Philosophical answers and irritants
  2. Words for persons
    • 2.1 Amelie Rorty’s list of person candidates
    • 2.2 The history of the term “person”
    • 2.3 Legal problems
    • 2.4 Pseudo-questions
    • 2.5 Paradoxes of conflicting intuitions
  3. Puzzles concerning related concepts
    • 3.1 Identity over time
    • 3.2 Other relations called “identity” by the hoi polloi
    • 3.3 Objects
    • 3.4 Processes
    • 3.5 Reduction
    • 3.6 Thought experiments1
  4. A grand system to ground the question
    • 4.1 Materialism: Never mind
    • 4.2 Dualism: Mind and matter
    • 4.3 Idealism: No Matter
    • 4.4 Neural monism: Never mind; it doesn’t matter
    • 4.5 Wittgensteinian ladder heaving
  5. Reaction to philosophical interpretation
    • 5.1 Irritation with the exaltation of language
    • 5.2 Rejecting the vocabulary and method of analytic philosophy
    • 5.3 Survival is what counts
  6. The way the answers miss the point

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