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Thesis - Method & Form

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Form of the Argument

  1. The thesis will present an abductive argument1, that is, an inference to the best explanation of the data.
  2. That’s why I have to consider so many aspects of the subject, so many thought experiments2 and so much clinical data3. Into which story does it all best fit?
  3. I may have to reject some recalcitrant thought experiments as ill-formed, but I do not wish to ignore anything significant.
  4. To keep myself focused and on track, I’ve created a “one page summary” of my Current Stance on the topic of Personal Identity4, which requires continual review, though not expansion.
  5. For some time, I have considered Animalism5 as the most satisfactory account of what human beings are, and this thesis will evaluate the arguments for and against it, using the rival Constitution View6 – supplemented by the hopes of the Transhumanists7 – as a foil.

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22/07/2014 22:23:31 4609 Thesis - Method & Form
12/08/2007 10:17:46 535 Thesis - The Form of the Argument



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Summary of Notes Referenced by This Note

Animalism Clinical Observations Constitution View Poverty of Stimulus Status: Personal Identity (2022 - September)
Status: Thesis Dashboard (2022: November) Thesis - Current Stance Thesis - Introduction Thought Experiments Transhumanism
Website Generator Documentation - Functional Overview        

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Summary of Notes Citing This Note

Research - Proposal Thesis - Chapter 01 (Introduction) Thesis - Chapter 02 (What are We?) Thesis - Chapter 03 (What is a Person?) Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues)
Thesis - Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time) Thesis - Chapter 06 (Animalism and Arguments for It) Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It) Thesis - Chapter 08 (Arguments against Animalism) Thesis - Chapter 09 (Arguments against the Constitution View)
Thesis - Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments) Thesis - Chapter 11 (Resurrection)      

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Todman (Theo) Thesis - Chapter 03 (What is a Person?) Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues) Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time) Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Chapter 06 (Animalism and Arguments for It) Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It) Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Chapter 08 (Arguments against Animalism) Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Chapter 09 (Arguments against the Constitution View) Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
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Todman (Theo) Thesis - Chapter 11 (Resurrection) Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes



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