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Considerations in Favour of Eliminating Us?

Trenton Merricks

in Objects and Persons

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780199245369
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199245363.003.0005
 Considerations in Favour of Eliminating Us?

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I show that the arguments of Ch. 2, while giving good reasons to eliminate statues and other inanimate composita, do not provide equally good reasons to eliminate us human organisms. As with Ch. 2, the arguments discussed touch on a variety of topics, including vagueness and the ‘Sorites Game,’ worries about co‐location and constitution, and the way a thinker (such as a person) is related to her brain.

Keywords: brain; co‐location; composition; constitution; eliminativism; human organism; person; Sorites; vagueness

Chapter.  6648 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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