Animalism: New Essays on Persons, Animals, and Identity

Hardcover | August 27, 2016

EditorStephan Blatti, Paul F. Snowdon

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What are we? What is the nature of the human person? Animalism has a straightforward answer to these long-standing philosophical questions: we are animals. After being ignored for a long time in philosophical discussions of our nature, this idea has recently gained considerable support inmetaphysics and philosophy of mind. It has also, amongst philosophers, occasioned strong opposition, even though it might be said to be the view assumed by much of the scientific community. Essays on Animalism is the first volume to be devoted to this important topic and promises to set the agendafor the next stage in the debate. Containing mainly new papers as well as two highly important articles that were recently published elsewhere, this volume's contributors include both emerging voices in the debate and many of those who have been instrumental in shaping it. Some of their contributions defend animalism, otherscriticize it, still others explore its more general implications. The book also contains a substantial introduction by the editors explaining what animalism is, identifying leading issues that merit attention, and highlighting many of the issues that the contributors have raised.

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What are we? What is the nature of the human person? Animalism has a straightforward answer to these long-standing philosophical questions: we are animals. After being ignored for a long time in philosophical discussions of our nature, this idea has recently gained considerable support inmetaphysics and philosophy of mind. It has also,...

Stephan Blatti is Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Memphis, where he is also an affiliate member of the Institute for Intelligent Systems. After receiving his BA from Ohio State University, he completed his B.Phil and D.Phil at the University of Oxford. He held positions at the University of North Caroli...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:August 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Stephan Blatti and Paul F. Snowdon: IntroductionPart One2. Derek Parfit: We Are Not Human Beings3. Lynne Rudder Baker: Animalism vs. Constitutionalism4. Denis Robinson: Constitution and the Debate between Animalism and Psychological Views5. Mark Johnston: Remnant Persons: Animalism's Undoing6. Sydney Shoemaker: Thinking Animals without AnimalismPart Two7. Eric Olson: Animalism and Remnant People8. Stephan Blatti: Headhunters9. Rory Madden: Thinking Parts10. David Hershenov: Four-Dimensional AnimalismPart Three11. Tim Campbell and Jeff McMahan: Animalism and the Varieties of Conjoined Twinning12. Mark Reid: A Case in which Two Persons Exist in One Animal13. Paul F. Snowdon: Animalism and the Unity of Consciousness14. Jens Johansson: Animal Ethics15. David Shoemaker: The Stony Metaphysical Heart of Animalism