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Thesis - Chapter 03 (What is a Person?)

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  2. No doubt there are others:-
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Chapter Introduction
  1. The main philosophical argument about Persons is whether PERSON is a substance10-concept in its own right, or whether it is parasitic on other substance-concept(s).
  2. My own view is that Human Persons are phase sortals11 of human animals, but other philosophers have more robust views of persons and think of them as substances in their own right.
  3. Famously, Locke12 held this view, and Lynne Rudder Baker13 was a contemporary exponent – her view being that human persons are constituted by14, but are not identical to, human animals15.
  4. In this thesis, I’m only concerned with human persons, and – like most philosophers – allow that there can be non-human persons (God, gods, angels, aliens, robots, etc.)
  5. All this is predicated on deciding just what PERSONS are, which in turn depends somewhat on whether we take PERSON to be a natural kind16 concept, or something that is socially constructed and so not something the correct definition of we can discover.
  6. Further text to be supplied17.

Main Text
  1. To be supplied18.

Concluding Remarks
  1. In our next Chapter19, now that we have determined what we are – and what persons are – we consider various metaphysical issues that bear on the arguments for and against the various positions on Personal Identity.
  2. This is work in progress20.

Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed21
  1. In this Chapter I will consider the following papers or book chapters (together with some others referenced by these). There are doubtless many more that are relevant and which will be addressed in the course of the thesis, but these are probably sufficient to get us going.
  2. Reductionism
  3. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  4. The motivation for these works is as follows:-
    • To be supplied.

The Cut
  1. There had already been a lot of cutting in the various selections of the original reading list – the reading lists attached to the Notes run on and on – and these items just represent the works in my possession (though I have sought out all that I’ve heard of that look relevant).
  2. However, the items in the lists following were given some attention, and have been culled – at least temporarily – from the lists above, where they originally appeared. I’ve not always given a reason as I’ve not studied them sufficiently closely. But, you have to draw a line somewhere.
  3. I’m well aware that the cut has not been sufficiently rigorous. Further items beyond the items below are likely to be culled when I come to process them.

In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 21: Footnote 22: This is very elementary, but short and maybe entertaining.

Footnote 23: Read this as an example from the Animal Liberation movement.

Footnote 24: This is rather introductory to Parfit’s ideas, so read it quickly for that purpose.

Footnote 25: Restrict a close reading to Part 3 (Personal Identity).

Footnote 26: May be useful both as a take on Strawson, and for Plantinga’s own views.

Footnote 27: Stanley got into a debate with Jen Hornsby, though not on this topic, so it’ll be interesting to see how he argues.

Footnote 28: This is a difficult book with which I expect to have little sympathy, but one that has to be read.

Footnote 29: This is rather elementary, and ought to have been reviewed in Chapter 1.

Footnote 30: This paper may be important, but is too long (and difficult) for a first pass through the literature

Footnote 31: Too similar to "Lowe (E.J.) - Substance and Selfhood", which was read for Chapter 2.

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Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) (3) Baker Constitution View First-Person Perspective Human Animals
Human Persons Locke Natural Kinds Non-Human Persons Person
Phase Sortals Reductionism Simple View Status: Thesis Dashboard (2018: March) Substance
Taking Persons Seriously Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues) Thesis - Method & Form    

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Status: Personal Identity (2019 - December) Status: Personal Identity (2019 - September) Status: Personal Identity (2020 - March) Status: Priority Task List (2019: December) Status: Priority Task List (2019: September)
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