<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Blatti (Stephan) - Animalism Unburdened (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_12/PaperSummary_12073.htm">Animalism Unburdened</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Blatti (Stephan).htm">Blatti (Stephan)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: OU Website (now deleted)</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_12/PaperSummary_12073.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_12/PapersToNotes_12073.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>Author's Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Two theories - <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>1</SUP> and Lockeanism - compete for favor in the contemporary debate over personal identity. </li><li>The aim of this paper is to criticize the Lockean bias that their capacity for self-consciousness renders persons metaphysically unique vis--vis other animals - 'unique' in the sense that the conditions whose satisfaction is necessary and sufficient for the persistence of persons differ in kind from the persistence conditions of all other animals. </li><li>I argue that this uniqueness claim is both philosophically untenable and empirically implausible, and that its failure necessitates a reassessment of the debate between <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>2</SUP> and Lockeanism. </li><li>The burden, I conclude, should rest with the latter to disprove the former - which is to say, <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>3</SUP> ought to be considered the default position in the debate over personal identity. </li></ol></FONT><BR><U>Sections</U><ol type="1"><FONT COLOR = "800080"><li>Introduction: To Reject <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">Animalism</A><SUP>4</SUP><BR>&rarr; The Simple Argument</li><li>The Ancestral Reductio<BR>&rarr; The Adam and Eve Objection.<BR>&rarr; The No Implication Objection.<BR>&rarr; The Evolving Persons Objection.<BR>&rarr; The Disambiguation of  Ancestor Objection.<BR>&rarr; The Essential Animal Objection.<BR>&rarr; The Identity Objection.<BR>&rarr; Ancestral Reductio</li><li>Anthropodenial</li><li>Lockean Anthropodenial</li><li>Unique in Kind</li><li>Unique in Degree<BR>&rarr; 6.1 The <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_25.htm">Constitution View</A><SUP>5</SUP><BR>&rarr; 6.2 Metaphysical Insignificance<BR>&rarr; 6.3 Corroboration</li><li>Conclusion: Reassigning the Burden</li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>For the full text, see <a name="W6754W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.theotodman.com/PDFs/Blatti_Animalism_Unburdened.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> (<span title="This document was found on the Web at a URL that no longer exists. I've added the document to my own site on a 'fair use' basis. If you are the author and wish me to remove it please let me know. " style="color:red">Fair Use</span>).<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; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T07:42" pubdate>02/08/2018 07:42:03</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>