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(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_21/PaperSummary_21122.htm">Are There Too Many Hylomorphic Individuals Thinking about this Life and the Next?</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/H/Author_Hershenov (David).htm">Hershenov (David)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Keynote for the Talbot Philosophical Society Graduate Conference; Revised version to be published as  Purgatory in Palgrave MacMillan's Handbook of the Afterlife</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21122.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PapersToNotes_21122.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr><p><B>Authors Citing this Paper</B>: <A HREF = "../../Authors/H/Author_Hershenov (David).htm">Hershenov (David)</A></p></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author's Abstract</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>I work on personal identity so the occupational hazard that tempts me is to judge every metaphysic by how well it does with the famous personal identity <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>1</SUP> and, more importantly, the problem of <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_872.htm">too many thinkers</A><SUP>2</SUP>. </li><li>Historically, the <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought experiments</A><SUP>3</SUP> favored Neo-Lockean views that understood our persistence conditions to be determined by mental features of some sort and thus we were distinct from our animal or body. </li><li>But the <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalist</A><SUP>4</SUP> (and later the dualist) opponents of the Neo-Lockeans eventually responded that distinguishing human persons from <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1265.htm">human animals</A><SUP>5</SUP> led to the Problem of <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_872.htm">Too Many Thinkers</A><SUP>6</SUP>. If the person could think with its brain, why couldn t the animal? <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">Animalist</A><SUP>7</SUP> or bodily views of personal identity look much better when the <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_872.htm">too many thinkers</A><SUP>8</SUP> problem is central. </li><li>But as Patrick Toner points out, <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_50.htm">animalists</A><SUP>9</SUP> like van Inwagen, Merricks and Olson should be known as  latter day <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_50.htm">animalists</A><SUP>10</SUP>. Hylomorphism is the original <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>11</SUP>. And unlike latter day <a name="12"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>12</SUP>, traditional <a name="13"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_24.htm">animalism</A><SUP>13</SUP> preserves the ontological significance of personhood while it avoids the problem of <a name="14"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_872.htm">too many thinkers</A><SUP>14</SUP> that plagues Neo-Lockeans who distinguish the human person from the <a name="15"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1265.htm">human animal</A><SUP>15</SUP>.</li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="W2682W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~dh25/articles/AreThereTooManyHylomorphicIndividuals.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>.<BR><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="2018-08-02T09:32" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:32:23</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>