<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Blatti (Stephan), Ed. - The Lives of Human Animals (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_19/PaperSummary_19912.htm">The Lives of Human Animals</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Blatti (Stephan).htm">Blatti (Stephan)</a>, Ed.</th></tr> <tr><th>Source: The Southern Journal of Philosophy Volume 52, Spindel Supplement, 2014</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_19/PaperSummary_19912.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_19/PapersToNotes_19912.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Conference Programme and Notes</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The problem of personal identity is one of the most bewitching puzzles in all of philosophy. Until very recently, most philosophers subscribed to the view first advocated by the 17th-century British philosopher, John Locke. Locke held that our fundamental nature is given by our status as self-conscious, rational agents ("persons") and that the conditions under which we persist through time and change are thus to be accounted for in terms of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_16.htm">psychological continuity</A><SUP>1</SUP>. The main topic of the 32nd annual Spindel Conference will be an anti-Lockean view that has recently gained support amongst philosophers. According to this view, known as  <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>2</SUP>, our fundamental nature is given not by our psychological capacities, but by our biological constitution: we are primates (<em>Homo sapiens</em>), and like all organisms, we persist just in case we continue living.</li><li>The overarching aim of this year's conference is to provide a forum in which metaphysicians and philosophers of mind working on <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>3</SUP> are brought together with those who are presently engaged in pertinent debates in other areas of philosophy  including philosophy of biology, metaphysics, ethics, philosophical psychology, and philosophy of religion. So, besides <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>4</SUP> in its own right, among the topics to be explored are the nature of organic life, the metaphysics and ethics of death, issues in animal cognition, the possibility of the <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">afterlife</A><SUP>5</SUP>, animal interests, etc. </li><li><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P19912_6">Speakers</A></U><SUB>6</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P19912_6"></A></b>: <ul type="disc"><li><a name="27"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Blatti (Stephan).htm">Stephan Blatti</A> - Welcome (<a name="W1568W"></a><A HREF = "https://www.stephanblatti.org/" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>)</li><li><a name="28"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/D/Author_Dupre (John).htm">John Dupre</A> - How Organisms <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P19912_7">Persist</A></U><SUB>7</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P19912_7"></A> (<a name="W1569W"></a><A HREF = "http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/staff/dupre/" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>)</li><li><a name="29"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/O/Author_Olson (Eric).htm">Eric Olson</A> - The Metaphysical Implications of <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_68.htm">conjoined</A><SUP>8</SUP> <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P19912_9">twinning</A></U><SUB>9</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P19912_9"></A> (<a name="W4375W"></a><A HREF = "https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/philosophy/staff/profiles/eolson" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>)</li><li><a name="30"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/G/Author_Gruen (Lori).htm">Lori Gruen</A> - Death as a Social <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P19912_10">Harm</A></U><SUB>10</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P19912_10"></A> (<a name="W1571W"></a><A HREF = "http://lgruen.faculty.wesleyan.edu/" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>)<BR>&rarr; <a name="31"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/S/Author_Shoemaker (David).htm">David Shoemaker</A> - commentator (<a name="W1572W"></a><A HREF = "http://www2.tulane.edu/liberal-arts/philosophy/shoemaker.cfm" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>)</li><li><a name="32"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/A/Author_Allen (Colin).htm">Colin Allen</A> - Models, Mechanisms, and Animal Minds: The Limits of <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P19912_11">Experimentation</A></U><SUB>11</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P19912_11"></A> (<a name="W1573W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.indiana.edu/~hpscdept/people/allen.shtml" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>)<BR>&rarr; <a name="33"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/L/Author_Lurz (Robert).htm">Robert Lurz</A> - commentator (<a name="W1573W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.indiana.edu/~hpscdept/people/allen.shtml" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>)</li><li><a name="34"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/v/Author_van Dyke (Christina).htm">Christina van Dyke</A> (<a name="W1574W"></a><A HREF = "https://calvin.edu/directory/people/christina-van-dyke" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>) & Sam Baron (<a name="W1575W"></a><A HREF = "http://sydney.edu.au/arts/philosophy/staff/profiles/samuel_baron.shtml" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> (Defunct))  Animal Interrupted, or Why Accepting Pascal s <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P19912_12">Wager</A></U><SUB>12</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P19912_12"></A> Might Be the Last Thing You Ever Do</li><li><a name="35"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/L/Author_Luper (Steven).htm">Steven Luper</A> - <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P19912_13">Persimals</A></U><SUB>13</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P19912_13"></A> (<a name="W1576W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.trinity.edu/departments/philosophy/sluper/" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> (Defunct))<BR>&rarr; <a name="36"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/S/Author_Schechtman (Marya).htm">Marya Schechtman</A> - commentator (<a name="W1577W"></a><A HREF = "https://phil.uic.edu/philosophy/people/faculty/marya" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>)</li><li><a name="37"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/S/Author_Snowdon (Paul).htm">Paul Snowdon</A> - <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">Animalism</A><SUP>14</SUP> and the <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P19912_15">Lives</A></U><SUB>15</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P19912_15"></A> of <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1265.htm">Human Animals</A><SUP>16</SUP> (<a name="W1578W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.ucl.ac.uk/philosophy/people/paul-snowdon" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> (Defunct)) </li></ul></FONT></li><li>The conference proceedings are published in the <em>The Southern Journal of Philosophy</em> <a name="W1579W"></a><A HREF = "http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)2041-6962/homepage/custom_copy.htm" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>. This is not on JSTOR, so I d need to purchase the papers, unless they are freely available on the speakers websites. </FONT></li></ol><BR><U>Conclusion of Editor s Introduction</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Though Aristotelian in spirit, <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>17</SUP> is a relative latecomer to the debate over personal identity, having been articulated and defended only within the past twenty-five years or so. During these first two and a half decades of work, advocates of the views ought mainly to specify and defend its central claims and to understand its relation to the Lockean opposition. </li><li>While highly important work along these lines continues to be done, a second, overlapping wave of work on <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>18</SUP> seems now to be emerging. This new wave is beginning to broaden <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism s</A><SUP>19</SUP> import beyond metaphysics and philosophy of mind into a diverse array of fields and topics, including ethics, philosophy of language, <a name="12"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_68.htm">conjoined</A><SUP>20</SUP> <a name="13"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1173.htm">twinning</A><SUP>21</SUP>, epistemology, evolutionary theory, philosophy of religion, death, and so on. </li><li>The guiding aim of the thirty-second annual Spindel Conference on  The Lives of <a name="14"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1265.htm">Human Animals </A><SUP>22</SUP> (University of Memphis, September 26 28, 2013) was to spotlight and facilitate this second wave of work by providing a forum in which metaphysicians and philosophers of mind working on <a name="15"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>23</SUP> were brought together with philosophers who are presently engaged in pertinent debates in other areas of philosophy. The fruits of this effort are contained in the pages that follow. </FONT></li></ol><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="W1053W"></a><A HREF = "https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a57c25d9f8dcef2b7c19337/t/5a6a84d49140b7ecab380565/1516930260983/Blatti+-+Editor%27s+Introduction+-+Spindel+Supplement.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> for the Editor's Introduction<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P19912_6"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P19912_6"><B>Footnote 6</B></A></U>: Including links to their websites, and to whatever works I have by them. <a name="On-Page_Link_P19912_7"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P19912_7"><B>Footnote 7</B></A></U>: It would be interesting to see how this account compares to <a name="38"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1337.htm">Wilson (Jack) - Biological Individuality - The identity and Persistence of Living Entities</A>". <a name="On-Page_Link_P19912_9"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P19912_9"><B>Footnote 9</B></A></U>: This would be interesting, in that there might be <a name="16"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_112.htm">problems for animalism</a>. <a name="17"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_68.htm">Dicephalus</a> is the most interesting case. <a name="On-Page_Link_P19912_10"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P19912_10"><B>Footnote 10</B></A></U>: Again, compare with such as <a name="39"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_89.htm">Feldman (Fred) - Confrontations with the Reaper: A Philosophical Study of the Nature and Value of Death</A>". <a name="On-Page_Link_P19912_11"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P19912_11"><B>Footnote 11</B></A></U>: For animal minds, see <BR>&rarr; <a name="40"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1470.htm">Griffin (Donald) - Animal Minds</A>", <BR>&rarr; <a name="41"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1478.htm">DeGrazia (David) - Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status</A>" and <BR>&rarr; <a name="42"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_03/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_3593.htm">Bekoff (Marc) - The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy and Why They Matter</A>". <a name="On-Page_Link_P19912_12"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P19912_12"><B>Footnote 12</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>See my old <a name="18"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_190.htm">Note</a>. </li><li>See also these papers:- <BR>&rarr; <a name="21"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_11/Abstract_11670.htm">Duncan (Craig) - Do Vague Probabilities Really Scotch Pascal's Wager?</A>", <BR>&rarr; <a name="22"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_09/Abstract_9374.htm">Hacking (Ian) - The Logic of Pascal's Wager</A>", <BR>&rarr; <a name="23"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7585.htm">Jordan (Jeff) - Pascal's Wager Revisited</A>", <BR>&rarr; <a name="24"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7594.htm">Saka (Paul) - Pascal's Wager and the Many Gods Objection</A>", and<BR>&rarr; <a name="25"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_01/Abstract_1815.htm">Williams (Bernard) - Rawls and Pascal's Wager</A>". </li><li>Finally, what s the stance likely to be? I think the authors are theists, and they might support the argument. But it sounds like they think it might fail, from the lecture title. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P19912_13"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P19912_13"><B>Footnote 13</B></A></U>: This is presumably arguing that we have a kind that is both an animal and a person. <a name="On-Page_Link_P19912_15"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P19912_15"><B>Footnote 15</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Like Olson, Snowdon is one of the archetypal <a name="19"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_50.htm">animalists</a>. What has he to say on Lives? </li><li>It is the final keynote speech, and the title of the conference. </li><li>The primary text from an <a name="20"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_50.htm">animalist</a> is <a name="26"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4876.htm">Wollheim (Richard) - Living</A>", but I don t have anything by Snowdon on the subject. </li></ul> <FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T09:10" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:10:57</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>