Against the Brainstem View of the Persistence of Human Animals
Tzinman (Rina)
Source: A. Blank (ed.), Animals: New Essays. Philosophia (forthcoming)
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  1. In this paper I will discuss Eric Olson’s account of the persistence of human animals.
  2. I will first show that Olson is committed to the view that brainstem persistence is necessary and sufficient for the persistence of human animals.
  3. I will then show flaws in the account by discussing two thought experiments.
  4. The upshot of the discussion is that any future account of human animal persistence, and thus any animalist account of our own persistence, should steer away from accounting for human persistence via the brainstem.


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