Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View

Cambridge University Press (2000)
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Lynne Rudder Baker
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Abstract
What is a human person, and what is the relation between a person and his or her body? In her third book on the philosophy of mind, Lynne Rudder Baker investigates what she terms the person/body problem and offers a detailed account of the relation between human persons and their bodies. Baker's argument is based on the 'Constitution View' of persons and bodies, which aims to show what distinguishes persons from all other beings and to show how we can be fully material beings without being identical to our bodies. The Constitution View yields answers to the questions 'What am I most fundamentally?', 'What is a person?', and 'What is the relation between human persons and their bodies'? Baker argues that the complex mental property of first-person perspective enables one to conceive of one's body and mental states as one's own.
Keywords Animal  Body  First Person  Human  Material Constitution  Person
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Call number B105.B64.B35 2000
ISBN(s) 9781139173124   9780521592635
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