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The human animal : personal identity without psychology

Author: Eric T Olson
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Series: Philosophy of mind series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Most philosophers writing about personal identity in recent years claim that what it takes for us to persist through time is a matter of psychology. In this groundbreaking new book, Eric Olson argues that such approaches face daunting problems, and he defends in their place a radicallynon-psychological account of personal identity. He defines human beings as biological organisms, and claims that no psychological  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Olson, Eric T.
Human animal : personal identity without psychology
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eric T Olson
ISBN: 0195134230 9780195134230 9780198026471 0198026471
OCLC Number: 57441124
Awards: Winner of Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1997 by Choice.
Description: 1 online resource (200 pages)
Contents: ""Contents""; ""Introduction""; ""1. Psychology and Personal Identity""; ""I. Human Vegetables and Cerebrum Transplants""; ""II. The Psychological Approach""; ""III. The Biological Approach""; ""2. Persistence""; ""I. Criteria of Personal Identity""; ""II. Substance Concepts""; ""III. Movers and Thinkers""; ""IV. ""Person P1 at Time t1""""; ""3. Why We Need Not Accept the Psychological Approach""; ""I. The Transplant Intuition""; ""II. Whole-Brain Transplants""; ""III. Fission and Hemispherectomy""; ""IV. Prudential Concern""; ""V. Moral Responsibility""; ""VI. The Treatment Argument"" ""VII. Same Person""""VIII. Practical Consequences of the Biological Approach""; ""4. Was I Ever a Fetus?""; ""I. The Fetus Problem""; ""II. Playing the Problem Down""; ""III. Future-Directed Identity and Disjunctive Criteria""; ""IV. Second-Order Capacities""; ""V. When Did I Begin?""; ""5. Are People Animals?""; ""I. Human People or Human Animals?""; ""II. Appearances""; ""III. Coincidence""; ""IV. Personhood""; ""V. Why We Are Animals""; ""VI. Psychological Persistence Conditions for Animals?""; ""VII. Death and Ceasing to Be""; ""VIII. A Counterattack""; ""6. The Biological Approach"" ""I. Further Questions""""II. Organisms""; ""III. The Identity of Organisms""; ""IV. Lives""; ""V. Brainstem Replacements and Other Difficulties""; ""VI. The Bodily Criterion""; ""7. Alternatives""; ""I. Are There Any People?""; ""II. Relative Identity""; ""III. Temporal Parts""; ""Notes""; ""References""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""; ""Z""
Series Title: Philosophy of mind series.
Responsibility: Eric T. Olson.

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