An Argument for Animalism
Olson (Eric)
Source: Martin & Barresi - Personal Identity, Chapter 12
Paper - Abstract

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Author’s Introduction

  1. The view that we are human animals1, "animalism2", is deeply unpopular. This paper explains what that claim says and why it is so contentious.
  2. It then argues that those who deny it face an awkward choice. They must either
    • deny that there are any human animals3,
    • deny that human animals4 can think, or
    • deny that we are the thinking things located where we are.


For Notes, see "Funkhouser (Eric) - Notes on Olson, 'An Argument for Animalism'".

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