Animalism and the Thinking Parts Problem
Moran (Alexander P.)
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  1. The thinking parts problem poses a very serious challenge to Animalism1. Eric Olson has recently argued that Animalists2 can meet the challenge if they adopt an organicist ontology, according to which the only composite material objects that exist are organisms3.
  2. In this paper, I argue that not only does Olson’s proposed solution fail, but also that there is another challenge Animalists face4 which is similar to the one posed by the thinking parts problem, but which organicism does not help to solve.


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