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Trenton Merricks

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245369

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199245363.001.0001

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Considerations in Favour of Eliminating Us?

Considerations in Favour of Eliminating Us?

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(p.118) 5 Considerations in Favour of Eliminating Us?
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Objects and Persons
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Trenton Merricks (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199245363.003.0005

I show that the arguments of Ch. 2, while giving good reasons to eliminate statues and other inanimate composita, do not provide equally good reasons to eliminate us human organisms. As with Ch. 2, the arguments discussed touch on a variety of topics, including vagueness and the ‘Sorites Game,’ worries about co‐location and constitution, and the way a thinker (such as a person) is related to her brain.

Keywords:   brain, co‐location, composition, constitution, eliminativism, human organism, person, Sorites, vagueness

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