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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  1. The Question
    1.1. What are we1?
    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 matters
  2. Animals
    2.1. Animalism2
    2.2. What is an animal?
    2.3. The thinking-animal argument3
    2.4. Are there animals?
    2.5. Can animals think?
    2.6. Too many thinkers4
    2.7. Revisionary linguistics
    2.8. Animalism5 and our identity over time
    2.9. Further objections
  3. Constitution
    3.1. Material things constituted by animals
    3.2. The clay-modelling6 puzzle
    3.3. The replacement puzzle and the amputation puzzle
    3.4. Thinking animals7 again
    3.5. When does constitution occur?
    3.6. What determines our boundaries?
  4. Brains
    4.1. The brain view
    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. Homunculism
  5. Temporal Parts
    5.1. Four-dimensional hunks of matter
    5.2. Temporary intrinsics8
    5.3. Lumps and statues9
    5.4. The problem of modal10 incompatibility
    5.5. Puzzles of personal identity
    5.6. Thinking animals11 and other worries
    5.7. Thinking stages
    5.8. The stage view12
  6. Bundles
    6.1. Bundle theories
    6.2. Traditional arguments for the bundle view
    6.3. Personal identity and the bundle view
    6.4. Can thoughts think?
    6.5. Thinking animals13 once more
    6.6. Bundles of universals14
    6.7. The program view
  7. Souls
    7.1. Immaterialism
    7.2. Traditional arguments for immaterialism
    7.3. The paradox of increase
    7.4. The cost of materialism
    7.5. Objections to immaterialism
    7.6. Compound dualism
    7.7. Hylomorphism
    7.8. Simple materialism
  8. Nihilism15
    8.1. We do not exist
    8.2. Is nihilism16 mad?
    8.3. Is nihilism17 self-refuting?
    8.4. Unity 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?
    9.1. Some results
    9.2. Some opinions
    9.3. Animalism18 and the thinking-parts problem
    9.4. Animalism19 and the clay-modelling20 puzzle
    9.5. Theories of composition
    9.6. Composition and what we are21
    9.7. Brutal composition

In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 22: Not purchased, but see "Campbell (Keith) - The Metaphysic of Abstract Particulars".

Footnote 23: References to Gallois and occasional identity are omitted from the book.

Footnote 24: References to this work are omitted from Olson’s book.

Footnote 25: I’ve not been able to find this (free) on-line. But see "Zimmerman (Dean) - Bodily Resurrection: The Falling Elevator Model Revisited".

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