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". Note1.
    1.1. What are we2?
    1.2. Some Answers
    1.3. 'We'
    1.4. Rephrasing the question
    1.5. Must there be an answer?
    1.6. How the question differs from others
    1.7. Why it matters3
  2. Animals4. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Animals".
    2.1. Animalism5
    2.2. What is an animal?
    2.3. The thinking-animal argument6
    2.4. Are there animals?
    2.5. Can animals think?
    2.6. Too many thinkers7
    2.7. Revisionary linguistics8
    2.8. Animalism9 and our identity over time
    2.9. Further objections
  3. Constitution10. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Constitution".
    3.1. Material11 things constituted by12 animals13
    3.2. The clay-modelling14 puzzle
    3.3. The replacement puzzle and the amputation puzzle. Note15
    3.4. Thinking animals16 again
    3.5. When does constitution17 occur?
    3.6. What determines our boundaries?
  4. Brains18. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Brains".
    4.1. The brain view19
    4.2. The thinking-brain problem
    4.3. The brain view and our identity over time
    4.4. Thinking-subject minimalism
    4.5. Direct involvement
    4.6. Homunculism20
  5. Temporal Parts21. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Temporal Parts".
    5.1. Four-dimensional hunks of matter
    5.2. Temporary intrinsics22
    5.3. Lumps and statues23
    5.4. The problem of modal24 incompatibility
    5.5. Puzzles of personal identity25
    5.6. Thinking animals26 and other worries
    5.7. Thinking stages
    5.8. The stage view27
  6. Bundles28=20. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Bundles".
    6.1. Bundle theories29
    6.2. Traditional arguments for the bundle view30
    6.3. Personal identity and the bundle view31
    6.4. Can thoughts think?
    6.5. Thinking animals32 once more
    6.6. Bundles33 of universals34
    6.7. The program view35
  7. Souls36. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Souls".
    7.1. Immaterialism37
    7.2. Traditional arguments for immaterialism
    7.3. The paradox of increase
    7.4. The cost of materialism38
    7.5. Objections to immaterialism
    7.6. Compound dualism39
    7.7. Hylomorphism40
    7.8. Simple materialism
  8. Nihilism41. Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Nihilism".
    8.1. We do not exist
    8.2. Is nihilism42 mad?
    8.3. Is nihilism43 self-refuting?
    8.4. Unity44 and simplicity
    8.5. Paraphrase: the mentalistic strategy
    8.6. Paraphrase: the atomistic strategy
    8.7. What it would mean if we did not exist
  9. What Now? Full Text: "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? What Now?". Note45.
    9.1. Some results
    9.2. Some opinions
    9.3. Animalism46 and the thinking-parts problem
    9.4. Animalism47 and the clay-modelling48 puzzle
    9.5. Theories of composition49
    9.6. Composition and what we are50
    9.7. Brutal composition

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