Thesis - Chapter 09 (Arguments against the Constitution View)
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Write-up2 (as at 02/06/2019 10:10:34): Thesis - Chapter 09 (Arguments against the Constitution View)

  • A discussion of the arguments against the Constitution View, focusing on the principal animalists, with a critique.
  • In particular, I intend to critique Olson’s “thinking animal” argument3 against the Constitution View (though I think this argument is unnecessary for Olson to establish the case for Animalism).

Research Methodology
  • Follow this Link4 for a generic statement of how I intend to pursue each Chapter.
  • The method is broken down into 12, possibly iterative, stages.
  • Follow this Link5 for my progress dashboard on these tasks.

Links to Notes
  1. Constitution View – Objections6,
  2. Thinking Animal Argument7,
  3. Others to be supplied?

Chapter Introduction
  1. To be supplied8.

Main Text
  1. To be supplied9.

Concluding Remarks
  1. Having now discussed the arguments against both Animalism and the Constitution View, we now in our next Chapter10 turn to the question of Thought Experiments in general, and how they bear on this topic in particular.
  2. This is work in progress11.

Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed12
  1. In this Chapter I will consider the following papers or book chapters (together with some others referenced by these). There are doubtless many more that are relevant and which will be addressed in the course of the thesis, but these are probably sufficient to get us going.
  2. There’s a Christian turf-war between Baker and Zimmerman which may be worth including:-
  3. I’ve not been overly careful to segregate the reading-list of this Chapter from that of Chapter 714. I will address the segregation in due course. There will, in any case, be some overlap.
  4. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  5. The motivation for these works is as follows:-
    • To be supplied.

The Cut
  1. There had already been a lot of cutting in the various selections of the original reading list – the reading lists attached to the Notes run on and on – and these items just represent the works in my possession (though I have sought out all that I’ve heard of that look relevant).
  2. However, the items in the lists following were given some attention, and have been culled – at least temporarily – from the lists above, where they originally appeared. I’ve not always given a reason as I’ve not studied them sufficiently closely. But, you have to draw a line somewhere.
  3. I’m well aware that the cut has not been sufficiently rigorous. Further items beyond the items below are likely to be culled when I come to process them.
    • To be supplied.

In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2:
  • This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (02/06/2019 10:10:34).
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Footnote 12:
  • See the section on Research Methodology for what is to be done with these.
  • The author’s surname is repeated in the text to make it easier for me to see what’s going on in the encoded text I work on.
Footnote 13: Argues against human uniqueness.

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