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What Is A Human Person? An Exploration & Critique Of Contemporary Perspectives, Emmanuel Cumplido
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What is a Human Person? An Exploration and Critique of Physicalist Perspectives
Faculty Sponsor: Donald Zeyl, Philosophy
Answers to the question “What is a human person?” that have garnered the allegiance of people throughout millennia fall under two broad categories: “physicalism” and “dualism”. One of the earliest renditions of physicalism was the philosophy of the ancient Greek atomists. In their view, all of reality could be explained through two principles: atoms and empty space. As a consequence, people were thought to be nothing but assemblages of atoms in space. Plato’s Phaedo presents one of the earliest philosophical ...