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The Fragmentation of Being$
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Kris McDaniel

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198719656.001.0001

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Persons and Value

Persons and Value

(p.170) 6 Persons and Value
The Fragmentation of Being

Kris McDaniel

Oxford University Press

There are people, but how people exist is unclear. This chapter argues that it is part of our evaluative self-conception that persons are fully real, but decline to take this as proof that we are fully real. Instead, It explores a series of arguments for this conclusion. A common premise of these arguments is that a sufficient condition for being fully real is instantiating a perfectly natural property or relation. Specific arguments appeal to properties such as what it’s like to taste chocolate, being Kris McDaniel, certain moral properties such as intrinsic value, and freedom. We will not settle the question of whether we fully exist, but in this chapter the author demonstrates how complex the issues involved are.

Keywords:   ontological pluralism, degrees of being, persons, persistence through time, qualia, haecceities, fundamental properties, practical arguments, value

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