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Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy) [Hardcover]

By Lynne Rudder Baker (Author), Ernest Sosa (Editor) & Jonathan Dancy (Editor)
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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.

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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Pages   245
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   1.01 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 30, 2015
Publisher   Cambridge University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0521592631  
ISBN13  9780521592635  

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More About Lynne Rudder Baker, Ernest Sosa & Jonathan Dancy

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lynne Rudder Baker is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Explaining Attitudes (Cambridge UP, 1995), Persons and Bodies (Cambridge UP, 2000), The Metaphysics of Everyday Life (Cambridge UP, 2007), and Saving Belief (Princeton UP, 1987).

Lynne Rudder Baker was born in 1944 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Massachusetts Amherst University of Massachusetts, Amher.

Lynne Rudder Baker has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

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In some ways breaks new ground but not compelling  Nov 18, 2002
This book argues for the view that in the same place at the same time are two things -- the human animal that constitutes me and the person that is me. It's a very odd view given our common sense notions, but metaphysical study shows that no coherent view on these matters will entirely fit with common sense. That view is not entirely interesting, since it is not new, though some of her nuances and differences from earlier proponents of a constitution view are worth noting.

The best thing about this book is that Baker has broken some new ground in her attempt to come up with an analysis of the constitution relation. Since her book was published, some reviews in journals have raised serious problems about her actual proposal on mostly technical grounds, which might suggest to some that her work is useless. That's not so. Hardly anyone has even made attempts in this direction, and the process is worth engaging in. Her work on this problem is groundbreaking, even if her actual positive proposal turns out not to work.

One caveat - some stellar philosophers have complained that some of her arguments (e.g. for the neo-Cartesian sense that personhood involves something of my being conscious of my own consciousness) at times seem to be more rhetoric than philosophical argument. I'm more sympathetic to this line of thought myself, but lots of her arguments have seemed this way to some. When I heard this response to the book, I didn't immediately wonder if I'd read the same book they had. I do seem some of what they're saying, despite my attraction to what she's saying. So that's worth being aware of.

On the whole, there's lots of good exploration here of underexplored metaphysical terrain. For that reason, anyone interested in issues of material constitution and personal identity should look at this book.


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