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Persons: The Difference between 'Someone' and 'Something'                             �
 (Robert Spaemann) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2007) 9780199281817
Persons: The Difference between 'Someone' and 'Something'                             �
 (Robert Spaemann) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2007) 9780199281817
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Title: Persons: The Difference between 'Someone' and 'Something'

Author: Spaemann, Robert

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199281817

Volumes: 1; Pages: 262

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This is an examination and defense of the concept of personality, long central to Western moral culture but now increasingly under attack, by a leading European philosopher. It takes issue with major contemporary philosophers, especially in the English-speaking world (such as Parfit and Singer), who have contributed to the eclipse of the idea, and traces the debate back to the foundations of modern philosophy in Descartes and Locke. There are extended discussions of the sources of the idea in Christian theology and its development in Western philosophy. There are also a number of pointed discussions of pressing practical questions--for example, our treatment of the severely disabled human and the moral status of intelligent non-human animals. The book covers a great deal of ground before coming to a focused conclusion: all human beings are persons--and perhaps all porpoises, too!Table of ContentsIntroduction1. Why we Speak of Persons2. Why we call Persons 'Persons'3. How we Identify Persons4. The Negative5. Intentionality6. Transcendence7. Fiction8. Religion9. Time10. Death and the Future Perfect Tense11. Independence of Context12. Subjects13. Souls14. Conscience15. Recognition16. Freedom17. Promise and Forgiveness18. Are All Human Beings Persons?
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