- 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 Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 12/06/2018 20:44:10): 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.
- The BV is to be distinguished from older physicalist variants – in particular the “Body View9”.
- The primary work addressing this topic is"Wilson (Jack) - Biological Individuality - The identity and Persistence of Living Entities", though its focus is on what the persistence criteria of organisms are, rather on whether or not we are organisms.
- For a page of Links10 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read11, include12 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) - 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", Olson13
→ "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 Criterion14 or Animalism15. 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", Cerullo16
- "Young (J.Z.) - An Introduction to the Study of Man", Young
- This is mostly a place-holder17.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (12/06/2018 20:44:10).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- If only a “non-updating” run has been made, the links are only one-way – ie. from the page of links to the objects that reference this Note by mentioning the appropriate key-word(s). The links are also only indicative, as they haven’t yet been confirmed as relevant.
- Once an updating run has been made, links are both ways, and links from this Notes page (from the “Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note” and “Summary of Note Links to this Page” sections) are to the “point of link” within the page rather than to the page generically. Links from the “links page” remain generic.
- There are two sorts of updating runs – for Notes and other Objects. The reason for this is that Notes are archived, and too many archived versions would be created if this process were repeatedly run.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
- 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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- Blue: Text by me; © Theo Todman, 2018