Human Persistence
Madden (Rory)
Source: Philosophers’ Imprint, Vol. 16, No. 17, September 2016
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  1. Both advocates and opponents of the animalist1 view that we are fundamentally biological organisms have typically assumed that animalism2 is incompatible with intuitive verdicts about cerebrum3 isolation and transplantation4. It is argued here that this assumption is a mistake. Animalism5, developed in a natural way, in fact strongly supports these intuitive verdicts.
  2. The availability of this attractive resolution of a central puzzle in the personal identity debate has been obscured by a range of factors, including the prevalence in contemporary metaphysics of a certain conception of the nature of organisms.
  3. I end by explaining how the animalist6 can use intuitive verdicts, usually thought to present a difficulty for the view, as positive evidence for claims about the persistence conditions7 of the relevant kind of organism.

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