argues for a biological account of human identity.
Most philosophers writing about personal
identity in recent years claim that what it takes for us to continue through
time is a matter of psychology. Eric Olson argues that such approaches face
daunting problems, and he defends in their place a radically non-psychological
account of personal identity. He defines human beings as biological organisms,
and claims that no psychological relation is either adequate or necessary for
an organism to persist. Rejecting numerous famous thought experiments dealing
with personal identity, he instead argues that one could survive the
destruction of all of one's psychological contents and capabilities as long as
the human organism remains alive
Mar 21st, 2015
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