What Are We? Contents + References
Olson (Eric)
Source: What Are We? A Study in Personal Ontology - Contents + References (November 2007: Oxford University Press.)
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Contents
  1. The Question. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? The Question".
    1. What are we?1
    2. Some Answers2
    3. 'We'3
    4. Rephrasing the question4
    5. Must there be an answer?5
    6. How the question differs from others6
    7. Why it matters7
  2. Animals. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Animals".
    1. Animalism8
    2. What is an animal?9
    3. The thinking-animal argument10
    4. Are there animals?11
    5. Can animals think?12
    6. Too many thinkers13
    7. Revisionary linguistics14
    8. Animalism and our identity over time15
    9. Further objections16
  3. Constitution. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Constitution".
    1. Material things constituted by animals17
    2. The clay-modelling puzzle18
    3. The replacement puzzle and the amputation puzzle19
    4. Thinking animals again20
    5. When does constitution occur?21
    6. What determines our boundaries?22
  4. Brains. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Brains".
    1. The brain view23
    2. The thinking-brain problem24
    3. The brain view and our identity over time25
    4. Thinking-subject minimalism26
    5. Direct involvement27
    6. Homunculism28
  5. Temporal Parts. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Temporal Parts".
    1. Four-dimensional hunks of matter29
    2. Temporary intrinsics30
    3. Lumps and statues31
    4. The problem of modal incompatibility32
    5. Puzzles of personal identity33
    6. Thinking animals and other worries34
    7. Thinking stages35
    8. The stage view36
  6. Bundles. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Bundles".
    1. Bundle theories37
    2. Traditional arguments for the bundle view38
    3. Personal identity and the bundle view39
    4. Can thoughts think?40
    5. Thinking animals once more41
    6. Bundles of universals42
    7. The program view43
  7. Souls. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Souls".
    1. Immaterialism44
    2. Traditional arguments for immaterialism45
    3. The paradox of increase46
    4. The cost of materialism47
    5. Objections to immaterialism48
    6. Compound dualism49
    7. Hylomorphism50
    8. Simple materialism51
  8. Nihilism. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Nihilism".
    1. We do not exist52
    2. Is nihilism mad?53
    3. Is nihilism self-refuting?54
    4. Unity and simplicity55
    5. Paraphrase: the mentalistic strategy56
    6. Paraphrase: the atomistic strategy57
    7. What it would mean if we did not exist58
  9. What Now? Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? What Now?".
    1. Some results59
    2. Some opinions60
    3. Animalism and the thinking-parts problem61
    4. Animalism and the clay-modelling puzzle62
    5. Theories of composition63
    6. Composition and what we are64
    7. Brutal composition65


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