Human Persons as Social Entities
Baker (Lynne Rudder)
Source: Journal of Social Ontology 2015; 1(1): 77–87
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  1. The aim of this article is to show that human persons belong, ontologically, in social ontology.
  2. After setting out my views on ontology, I turn to persons and argue that they have first-person perspectives1 in two stages (rudimentary and robust) essentially.
  3. Then I argue that the robust stage of the first-person perspective2 is social, in that it requires a language, and languages require linguistic communities.
  4. Then I extend the argument to cover the rudimentary stage of the first-person perspective3 as well.
  5. I conclude by enumerating ways in which human persons differ from nonhuman animals.


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