Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It)
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  • This Chapter gives an account of Lynne Rudder Baker’s thesis that human persons are not identical to human animals, but are – temporarily at least – constituted by them.

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  1. Baker5,
  2. Constitution View6,
    First-Person Perspective8,
  3. Mereology9,
    Dion and Theon10,
  4. Others to be supplied?

Chapter Introduction
  1. Baker’s account of constitution is not the standard mereological11 account, of some larger body being constituted by its parts, but is her own idea that requires explication.
  2. Baker also has a commitment to PERSONs being substances in their own right, rather than being an honorific title applied to substances that at other times might not deserve the honorific.
  3. She also reifies a useful idea – that of a First-person Perspective. It is the FPP that individuates persons, according to Baker, so the FPP requires explanation as well.
  4. Further text to be supplied12.

Main Text
  1. To be supplied13.

Concluding Remarks
  1. Having now discussed both Animalism and the Constitution View, we can now in our next Chapter14 turn to the arguments against these views, starting with those against Animalism.
  2. This is work in progress15.

Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed16
  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. I’ve not been overly careful to segregate the reading-list of this Chapter from that of Chapter 917. I will address the segregation in due course. There will, in any case, be some overlap.
  3. Baker
  4. Constitution
  5. Mereology18
  6. Co-Location19
  7. First-Person Perspectives
  8. Constitution View
  9. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  10. 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.

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Footnote 18: While Baker’s understanding of constitution is distinct from a mereological one, it is necessary to understand mereology.

Footnote 19: I’m not sure whether this section belongs here, but it must go somewhere!

Footnote 20: This may properly belong to one of the Chapters on Animalism.

Footnote 21: This Chapter has rather more to do with distributive ethics than personal identity or the FPP.

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