Problems with a Constitution Account of Persons
Hershenov (David)
Source: Dialogue. 48:2. 2009, 291-312
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Author’s Introduction

  1. There are some problems with Lynne Baker’s constitution account of personal identity that become evident when we consider brain transplant1 thought experiments2 and some rare kinds of conjoined3 twins4. One pair of conjoined5 twins6 appears to involve one organism but two persons, and the other that may be best described as two organisms associated with one person.
  2. It will be argued that Lynne Rudder Baker will have to make some significant adjustments in her account of constitution if her approach is to be extended to all the possible cases in which human persons and human animals7 are found together.


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