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Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It)

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Abstract




Research Methodology


Chapter Introduction
  1. Baker’s account of constitution is not the standard mereological3 account, of some larger body being constituted by its parts, but is her own idea that requires explication.
  2. Baker also has a commitment to PERSONs being substances in their own right, rather than being an honorific title applied to substances that at other times might not deserve the honorific.
  3. She also reifies a useful idea – that of a First-person Perspective. It is the FPP that individuates persons, according to Baker, so the FPP requires explanation as well.
  4. Further detail to be supplied.



Main Text
  1. To be supplied.



Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed4
  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. I’ve not been overly careful to segregate the reading-list of this Chapter from that of Chapter 95. I will address the segregation in due course. There will, in any case, be some overlap.
  3. Baker
  4. Constitution
  5. Mereology6
  6. Co-Location7
  7. First-Person Perspectives
  8. Constitution View
  9. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  10. 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.



Links to Notes
  1. Baker10,
  2. Constitution11,
  3. Constitution View12,
  4. First-Person Perspective13,
  5. Mereology14,
  6. Dion and Theon15,
  7. Others to be supplied?



Final Remarks
  1. This is work in progress16.



In-Page Footnotes:

Footnote 4: Footnote 6: While Baker’s understanding of constitution is distinct from a mereological one, it is necessary to understand mereology.

Footnote 7: I’m not sure whether this section belongs here, but it must go somewhere!

Footnote 8: This may properly belong to one of the Chapters on Animalism.

Footnote 9: This Chapter has rather more to do with distributive ethics than personal identity or the FPP.


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Table of the Previous 4 Versions of this Note:

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04/04/2015 00:17:17 5249 Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It)
06/11/2014 10:13:26 5181 Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It)
02/10/2014 17:12:29 4092 Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It)
22/07/2014 22:23:31 3237 Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It)



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Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) Baker Constitution Constitution View Dion and Theon
First-Person Perspective Mereology Status: Thesis Dashboard (2017: November) Thesis - Chapter 09 (Arguments against the Constitution View) Thesis - Method & Form

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Mereology Origins Status: Personal Identity (2017 - September) Status: Summary (2017 - September) Status: Thesis Dashboard (2017: November)
Thesis - Chapter 01 (Introduction), 2, 3 Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues) Thesis - Chapter 09 (Arguments against the Constitution View) Thesis - Outline  

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References & Reading List

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Baker (Lynne Rudder) Constitution Revisited Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Baker (Lynne) - The Metaphysics of Everyday Life: An Essay in Practical Realism, Chapter 8 No
Baker (Lynne Rudder) Material Persons and the Doctrine of Resurrection Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Faith and Philosophy 18 (2001): 151-167 Yes
Baker (Lynne Rudder) Materialism with a Human Face Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Corcoran - Soul, Body and Survival, Chapter 10 No
Baker (Lynne Rudder) Mereology and Constitution Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Baker (Lynne) - The Metaphysics of Everyday Life: An Essay in Practical Realism, Chapter 9 No
Baker (Lynne Rudder) On Being One’s Own Person Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Reasons of One’s Own, Maureen Sie, Bert van Den Brink, Marc Slors, eds. (Hampshire, England: Ashgate Publishing Limitied, 2004): 129-149 No
Baker (Lynne Rudder) On Making Things Up: Constitution and Its Critics Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Philosophical Topics 30 (2002) - Identity and Individuation : 31-52 No
Baker (Lynne Rudder) Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View Book - Cited High Quality Abstract Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View Yes
Baker (Lynne Rudder) Precis of "Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View" Paper - Cited High Quality Abstract Field Guide to the Philosophy of Mind, 2001, e-Symposium on "Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View" Yes
Baker (Lynne Rudder) Review of "A Materialist Metaphysics of the Human Person" by Hud Hudson Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Mind, 112 (2003): 148-151 No
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Baker (Lynne Rudder) The Difference that Self-Consciousness Makes Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Petrus - On Human Persons, 2003 Yes
Baker (Lynne Rudder) The First-Person Perspective: A Test For Naturalism Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract American Philosophical Quarterly, 35.4, Oct. 1998 No
Baker (Lynne Rudder) The Metaphysics of Everyday Life: An Essay in Practical Realism Book - Cited Low Quality Abstract Baker (Lynne Rudder) - The Metaphysics of Everyday Life: An Essay in Practical Realism No
Baker (Lynne Rudder) The Ontological Status of Persons Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65, September 2002, pp. 370-388 Yes
Baker (Lynne Rudder) Unity without Identity: A New Look at Material Constitution Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Midwest Studies In Philosophy, 1999, Vol. XXIII Issue 1, p144, 22p Yes
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Baker (Lynne Rudder) When Does a Person Begin? Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Paul, Miller & Paul - Personal Identity, 2005 No
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