The Problem of Other Possible Persons: Dolphins, Primates and Aliens

Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 2, pg. 31-55

27 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2014  

Wynn Schwartz

Harvard University; William James College

Date Written: 1982

Abstract

A content free formulations of Persons is constructed that can be applied to non-humans. The focus is on the concept of persons and the detection of persons. The basic concepts examined include intentional and deliberate action, language, self-consciousness, and "real worlds". The categories of potential, nascent, primitive, defective, former, created and super persons are formulated.

Keywords: Personhood, concept of person, robots, artificial intelligence, animal rights, Descriptive Psychology

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Wynn, The Problem of Other Possible Persons: Dolphins, Primates and Aliens (1982). Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 2, pg. 31-55. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2402230

Wynn Schwartz (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

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William James College ( email )

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