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Personal Identity


(Text as at 18/12/2010 19:58:05)

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Briefly, an Android is a human-shaped robot with no organic parts but with an appropriate psychology – at least one that passes the Turing test, whether or not it is really conscious. This psychology need not involve phenomenal consciousness – indeed it is one of the problems of philosophy to consider how we could ever know whether or not an android is phenomenally conscious. Could it not be a zombie1? See the entry in Wikipedia (Wikipedia: Android). Compare and contrast with Cyborgs2.

The relevance of Androids to the topic of Personal Identity stems from whether or not Androids would be persons. On the presumption that they might be, then the question arises whether a human person might metamorphose3 into an android by a process of siliconisation4 (and cyborgisation – for the non-psychological elements). On the presumption that an android cannot be identical to a human animal, this TE5 seems to pull apart animal identity and personal identity.

This Note is mostly a place-holder6. See the categorised reading-list below.

Live Version of this Archived Note

Date Length Title
17/08/2018 17:35:31 3844 Androids

Table of the 2 Earlier Versions of this Note

Date Length Title
18/08/2009 20:39:50 929 Androids
12/08/2007 10:17:46 230 Androids

Table of the 2 Later Versions of this Note

Date Length Title
04/05/2018 12:25:55 3844 Androids
10/04/2017 23:38:24 2014 Androids

This version updated Reading List for this Topic Parent Topic
18/12/2010 19:58:05 Androids Cyborgs

Summary of Notes Links from this Page

Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) Cyborgs Metamorphosis Siliconisation Thought Experiments

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Summary of Note Links to this Page

Bodily Continuity, 2 Cyborgs Non-Human Persons Thisness (Haecceity) Transhumanism

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