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By Stephan Blatti, Paul F. Snowdon

What are we? what's the nature of the human individual? Animalism has a simple resolution to those long-standing philosophical questions: we're animals. After being neglected for a very long time in philosophical discussions of our nature, this concept has lately won huge aid in metaphysics and philosophy of brain. It has additionally, among philosophers, occasioned robust competition, although it will be acknowledged to be the view assumed through a lot of the clinical neighborhood. Essays on Animalism is the 1st quantity to be dedicated to this crucial subject and delivers to set the schedule for the following level within the debate.

Containing commonly new papers in addition to hugely vital articles that have been lately released in different places, this volume's members comprise either rising voices within the debate and plenty of of these who've been instrumental in shaping it. a few of their contributions safeguard animalism, others criticize it, nonetheless others discover its extra normal implications. The publication additionally includes a titanic creation via the editors explaining what animalism is, picking out best matters that benefit recognition, and highlighting the various concerns that the members have raised.

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2013, The Gap: The Science of What Separates Us from Other Animals, New York: Basic Books. , 1990, Material Beings, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. , 2000, Knowledge and Its Limits, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1. 1 Here on Earth, I enter the Teletransporter. When I press some button, a machine destroys my body, while recording the exact states of all my cells. This information is sent by radio to Mars, where another machine makes, out of organic materials, a perfect copy of my body.

2 OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 06/25/2016, SPi We Are Not Human Beings 33 other Animalists pointed out, we Lockeans said nothing about the human beings—or to use a less ambiguous phrase, the human animals—that many of us think we are. If persons are, in the Lockean sense, entities that can think about themselves, and whose continued existence essentially involves psychological continuity, a human embryo or fetus is not a person. But this embryo or fetus is, or becomes, a human animal. This animal’s body, Lockeans claim, later becomes the body of a Lockean person.

But we could then ask: How would this conscious being be related to the human animal, Parfit, who used to have this cerebrum? Animalists have two alternatives. They might claim that, when my cerebrum is detached from the rest of my body, a new conscious rational being comes into existence. But, as Johnston and Olson write, that claim would be hard to believe. It is hard to see how we could create a new conscious being merely by disconnecting my cerebrum from the rest of my body. Suppose next that, after this conscious being spends many days communicating with us, my cerebrum is detached from its artificial support system and successfully grafted onto some other human animal’s brain stem and body.

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