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The Biological Approach

Eric T. Olson

in The Human Animal

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195134230
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833528 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134230.003.0007

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

The Biological Approach

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This chapter discusses what an animal or an organism is and what it takes for one to persist. Following Locke and van Inwagen, it is proposed that an animal persists as long as its biological life continues. The Biological Approach is then distinguished from the bodily criterion of personal identity.

Keywords: bodily criterion; body; life; organism; personal identity

Chapter.  14605 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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