- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Life1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 11/03/2018 20:19:41): Life
- There are (at least) two sub-topics that fall under this topic:-
- Lives: Life as an (extended) event – the career of an individual.
- Life: Life as a biological process.
- I assume that lives can be had by individuals that do not have (biological) life, but think it unhelpful to talk of non-biological individuals as “alive”, except in a figurative sense.
- Life – and its correlate, death4 – is a biological process, on which the word of the biologist (maybe as clarified by the philosopher) is final.
- So, interesting philosophical questions about Life include:-
- Just what is (biological) life?
- When does biological life begin? This is presumably an empirical question, the answer to which will vary from species to species.
- Are there borderline cases of life?
- When does life cease? Again, the answer to this question will be species-dependent.
- Can life intermit5? Does it make sense to say that so-and-so died (on the operating table, say) and then revived?
- Interesting philosophical questions about Lives include:-
- How are lives individuated?
- What sort of things can have lives?
- How closely coupled is the life of a human organism6 with the life of a human person7?
- Can a life lived courtesy of a human organism be continued after the death of that organism?
- A starting point for Life is "Wilson (Jack) - Biological Individuality - The identity and Persistence of Living Entities".
- Similarly, for Lives: "Wollheim (Richard) - Living", from "Wollheim (Richard) - The Thread of Life".
- For a discussion of the possibility of Life after Death, see this Note8.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read9, include10 the following:-
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- This is mostly a place-holder11. Currently, mainly see the rather bloated reading list below.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (11/03/2018 20:19:41).
- 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.
- 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.
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