<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Burke (Michael) - Dion, Theon, and the many-thinkers problem (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7324.htm">Dion, Theon, and the many-thinkers problem</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Burke (Michael).htm">Burke (Michael)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Analysis 64, July 2004, Vol. Issue 3, p242-250, 9p</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7324.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperCitings_7324.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PapersToNotes_7324.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>I offer a novel, conservative solution to the many-thinkers problem, one on which heads and other brain-containing person-parts do exist but don't think. </li><li>The solution serves to strengthen my <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_10.htm">sortal-essentialist</A><SUP>1</SUP> solution to the problem of <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_871.htm">Dion and Theon</A><SUP>2</SUP>.</li></ol></FONT><BR><U>Author s Introduction</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>My solution to the problem of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_871.htm">Dion and Theon</A><SUP>3</SUP> (Burke 1994a) employs the doctrine of <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_10.htm">sortal</A><SUP>4</SUP> essentialism. </li><li> I take the doctrine to assert that for every object there is a property, a <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_10.htm">sortal</A><SUP>5</SUP> property, such that <ol type="a"><li>To know that the object has that property is to know what the object is, and </li><li>It s metaphysically impossible for the object to exist without having that property. </ol></li><li><a name="8"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_19/Abstract_19951.htm">Stone (Jim) - Why Sortal Essentialism Cannot Solve Chrysippus's Puzzle</A>" (2002) objects to my solution and proposes to weaken the doctrine so as to block my employment of it. </li><li>Others question a different element of my solution: the maximality of personhood and thinkerhood. </li><li>After opposing Stone s weakening of <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_10.htm">sortal</A><SUP>6</SUP> essentialism, and responding in a preliminary way to the objection that motivates it, I outline a novel, conservative solution to the related  many-thinkers problem , one that fortifies all of the elements of my solution to the problem of <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_871.htm">Dion and Theon</A><SUP>7</SUP>. </li><li>Other critics of my solution include <BR>&rarr; <a name="9"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4425.htm">Olson (Eric) - Dion's Foot</A>" (1997), <BR>&rarr; <a name="10"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4302.htm">Carter (William) - Dion's Left Foot (and the Price of Burkean Economy)</A>" (1997), <BR>&rarr; <a name="16"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1313.htm">Lowe (E.J.) - A Survey of Metaphysics</A>" (2002: <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P7324_8">68, 74 76</A></U><SUB>8</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P7324_8"></A>), <BR>&rarr; <a name="11"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5186.htm">Noonan (Harold) - Tibbles the Cat - A Reply to Burke</A>" (1999), <BR>&rarr; <a name="12"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5351.htm">Sidelle (Alan) - Is There a True Metaphysics of Material Objects?</A>" (2002: 127 29) and <BR>&rarr; <a name="17"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1339.htm">Sider (Ted) - Four-dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time</A>" (2001, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P7324_9">161 65</A></U><SUB>9</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P7324_9"></A>), <BR>among others. </li><li>One supporter is <a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5889.htm">Rea (Michael) - Constitution and Kind Membership</A>" (2000). </li></ol></FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P7324_8"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P7324_8"><B>Footnote 8</B></A></U>: Ie. <a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3474.htm">Lowe (E.J.) - Substantial Change and Spatiotemporal Coincidence</A>". <a name="On-Page_Link_P7324_9"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P7324_9"><B>Footnote 9</B></A></U>: Ie. <a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5079.htm">Sider (Ted) - In Favour of Four-Dimensionalism, Part 2: The Best Unified Theory of the Paradoxes of Coincidence</A>". <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; 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