Southwest Philosophy Review 31 (2):109-124 (2015)

Andrew Higgins
Illinois State University
Animalism is the thesis that each human person is numerically identical to an animal. This work remains neutral on the truth of animalism. Instead of addressing the thesis, it considers the logical implications regarding a range of thought experiments in the personal identity literature, such as the brain transplant case, and argues that many prominent defenders of animalism have misapplied their own view. Based on what is generally accepted in the philosophy of biology, animalists ought to change their positions on these case studies. Along with better matching our best theories of biology, this new perspective helps animalists avoid some of the most counter-intuitive implications of their position.
Keywords animalism  personal identity  species  human nature
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DOI 10.5840/swphilreview201531246
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