Soulless Organisms? Hylomorphism vs. Animalism
Hershenov (David)
Source: American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Forthcoming
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  1. Should an advocate of animalism1 instead endorse hylomorphism or would it be best for a hylomorphist to switch his support to animalism2? More precisely, are the considerations in favor of animalism3 more successfully met, and its drawbacks better avoided, by adopting a hylomorphic position, or does a Thomistic thinker have reasons to undergo a “metaphysical conversion” and emerge proselytizing for a Catholic animalism4?
  2. We’ll look for answers by comparing the Angelic Doctor’s account of personal identity to that of the Patron Saint of Animalism5, Eric Olson.
  3. Alas, the comparison will be incomplete due to the vast number of points of contention. Nevertheless, I hope to make some headway and provide some results that will be rather startling.

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