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In addition to the major work above, I am looking in some detail into the following papers & books – most of which have been published in the last few years – in order to ensure I’m up to date with recent trends of discussion:-Papers
- "Cerullo (Michael A.) - Uploading and Branching Identity": Cerullo is a medical doctor rather than a philosopher, so the argument – while well-informed – isn’t as tight as might be. However, this is an important topic, even if those who believe in such things are utterly misguided.
- "Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death": Augustine asked me (and others) to review this book, which has an important paper by Olson, as well as many other goodies.
- "Gasser (Georg), Ed. - Personal Identity and Resurrection: How Do We Survive Our Death?": this is – bar the paper by Olson – from the opposite camp to the above, but additionally contains important papers from Baker, Corcoran, Hudson and – especially – from Zimmerman.
- "Luper (Steven), Ed. - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death": Some overlap with the above two books, but deals with Life as well as death, and is more even-handed. Important papers by Olson, Hawley and DeGrazia.
- "Snowdon (Paul) - Persons, Animals, Ourselves": Snowdon is a major Animalist so it’s important that I read his latest work.
- "O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person": A useful recent survey, with important papers by Olson and Snowdon. I’ve listened to most of the talks on which the papers are based while out walking Henry the dog, and I need to write up notes.
- "Merricks (Trenton) - Objects and Persons": Merricks may be an Animalist, and is important for mereology.
- "Dainton (Barry) - Self: Philosophy In Transit": Dainton is a supporter of TEs and the psychological view. It’s a fairly simple contemporary account so worth a quick read.
- "Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul": Corcoran is a supporter of Baker’s Constitution View, and it’s interesting to read another account by a Christian Materialist.
- "Gasser (Georg) & Stefan (Matthias), Eds. - Personal Identity: Complex or Simple?": Most theorists take personhood to be analyzable in terms of properties of other things that are persons. Some deny this. Important recent papers by most of the usual suspects, including Olson, Noonan, Swinburne, Lowe, Sydney Shoemaker, Baker, Zimmerman & Hudson!
- "Francione (Gary) - Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation": Francione has a very radical approach to our treatment of non-human animals. Animalists should take note. He accounts animals as legal persons.
- "Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?": As above.
- "Papineau (David) - Philosophical Devices: Proofs, Probabilities, Possibilities, and Sets": I can’t really justify reading this, other than on those rare occasions when I’m on the train.