- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Biological View1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Statistics" above.
Write-up2 (as at 17/05/2020 22:04:48): Biological View
- The Biological View is that we are4 biological organisms5, and – in particular – have the persistence conditions6 of biological organisms. Since the organisms we are are obviously human animals7, this view is effectively just Animalism8.
- If this is the case, then there is no reason for the existence of this note other than as a stepping-stone to that on Animalism9.
- However, it is just possible that the BV and Animalism might part company for some philosophers. Maybe you might think that we are essentially animals, but can metamorphose10 from one species to another or be reincarnated11 as an individual of another species – or as a different individual of the same species. These might count as variants of the BV, but would not be Animalism12 as commonly understood, since it presupposes that we cease to be at death, and are essentially human animals13.
- The BV is to be distinguished from older physicalist variants – in particular the “Body View14”.
- For the detailed principles of individuation and persistence criteria associated with the BV, see the Note on the Biological Criterion15.
- For a page of Links16 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read17 include the following:-
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Embryos and StemCell Research", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - What Am I?", Baker
→ "Olson (Eric) - Reply to Lynne Rudder Baker"
- "Bourget (David) & Chalmers (David) - The PhilPapers Surveys: What Do Philosophers Believe?", Bourget&Chalmers
- "Carter (William) - Will I Be a Dead Person?", Carter
- "DeGrazia (David) - Human Identity and Bioethics", DeGrazia, 2005
→ "Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia’s Human Identity and Bioethics", Hershenov, 2008
- "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology", Olson18
→ "Olson (Eric) - Psychology and Personal Identity"
→ "Olson (Eric) - Persistence"
→ "Olson (Eric) - Why We Need Not Accept the Psychological Approach"
- "Olson (Eric) - Was I Ever a Fetus?", Olson
- "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction", Shoemaker, 2009
- "Wilson (Jack) - Biological Individuality - The identity and Persistence of Living Entities", Wilson
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start as below. It is somewhat arbitrary as to which works fall under this topic, and which under the Biological Criterion19 or Animalism20. I’ve tended to have a rather full list of those items above that I’ve read, but the “outstanding” list is minimalist.
- "Cerullo (Michael A.) - Uploading and Branching Identity", Cerullo21
- "Young (J.Z.) - An Introduction to the Study of Man", Young
- This is mostly a place-holder22.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (17/05/2020 22:04:48).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- Olson is one of the primary exponents of the Biological View, so almost anything by him might be cited.
- I’ve restricted the list to those items that – in the text or comments I’ve incorporated on-line – explicitly use the term.
- Very tangentially relevant, but Uploading and the BV are antithetical theories of PID.
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