- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Taking Persons Seriously1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
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Write-up2 (as at 29/05/2020 22:00:29): Taking Persons Seriously
- Baker4 accuses animalists5 of “not taking persons seriously”.
- But, how seriously should they be taken (in metaphysics)?
- Probably what really matters ontologically6 is the possession of a conscious7 (though not necessarily self-conscious8) perspective. This is what we must take seriously.
- Baker would argue that there exists an ontological difference at this stage too … but, why is the first-person perspective9 so very important – all that worrying about death?
- Buddhists are trying to lose this sense of self10. Do all cultures have it?
- See "Wong (David) - Relativism" for the Chinese view, which takes the community more seriously than the individual.
- Whether we ought to take moral or rational beings extra seriously is the point at issue. Clearly we should. But this doesn’t necessarily have any ontological11 implications (as Baker claims). Certain animals – including (most) humans – just have an extra property that demands they be given extra moral consideration.
- For a page of Links12 to this Note, Click here. Unfortunately, for this topic the page is rather diminutive.
- It is difficult, in consequence, to prepare a reading list for this topic, which is touched on – usually parenthetically – in papers dealing with other topics. The lists below are to be treated in that light. Indeed, the only items – apart from Chapter 9 of "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View" – are the papers in "Baker (Lynne Rudder), Etc. - E-Symposium on 'Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View'", though there are doubtless many other papers by Lynne Rudder Baker that are relevant and which will be picked up as I review them in detail. For now, I seem to have read everything of explicit relevance.
- So, works on this topic that I’ve actually read13, include the following:-
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - In Favour Of the Constitution View", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Reply to Garrett", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder), Etc. - E-Symposium on 'Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View'", Baker, Etc.
- "Garrett (Brian) - The Story of I: Some Comments on L.R.Baker 'Persons & Bodies'", Garrett
- "Olson (Eric) - Thinking Animals and the Constitution View", Olson
- "Noonan (Harold) - Arguments Against Animalism: Comments on L.R.Baker 'Persons & Bodies'", Noonan
- This is mostly a place-holder14.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (29/05/2020 22:00:29).
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