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Persons, Animals, Ourselves

Paul F. Snowdon

Abstract

The starting point for this book is a particular answer to the fundamental question — what kind of thing are we? The particular answer is that we are animals (of a certain sort)—a view nowadays called ‘animalism’. Many philosophers reject this answer. The aim of the book is to propose, contrary to that attitude, that there are strong reasons to believe animalism, and that when properly analysed, the objections against it that philosophers have given are not convincing. The initial chapters analyse the content and general philosophical implications of animalism—these implications relate primari ... More

Keywords: animalism, personal identity, unity of consciousness, philosophical objections, Locke, Wiggins, Nagel, Shoemaker, Johnston, Wilkes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198719618
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719618.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul F. Snowdon, author
University College London