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Organisms and Personal Identity : Individuation and the Work of David Wiggins

Series: History and Philosophy of Biology

By: AM Ferner(Author)

Pickering & Chatto Publishers

Hardback | Mar 2016 | #219537 | ISBN-13: 9781848935730
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David Wiggins's contribution to metaphysics, logic and ethics has been widely recognized, but the connections between his work and recent issues in the philosophy of biology have been overlooked. This study demonstrates how Wiggins's work can contribute to, as well as benefit from, contemporary debate in this field. Biological individuality, anti-reductionism and natural kind determinism are among the topics explored, along with an overview of the history of brain transplantation.


Introduction: Wiggins and the Philosophy of Biology

1 Identity and Individuation
2 Natural and Artefactual Substances
3 The Human Being Theory
4 The Biology of Persons
5 The Neo-Aristotelian Organism
6 A History of Brain Transplantation


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