What Is a Person and How Can We Be Sure? A Paradigm Case Formulation

Journal of Evolution and Technology 24(3) Sept 2014

8 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2014 Last revised: 23 Dec 2014

Date Written: October 17, 2014

Abstract

A Paradigm Case Formulation (PCF) of Persons is developed that allows competent judges to identify areas of agreement and disagreement regarding where they draw a line on what is to be included as a person. The paradigm case is described as a linguistically competent individual able to engage in Deliberate Action in a Dramaturgical Pattern. Specific attention is given to the ability of paradigm case persons to employ Hedonic, Prudent, Aesthetic and Ethical perspectives in choosing their Deliberate Actions and Social Practices.

Keywords: Personhood, Descriptive Psychology, Nonhuman Persons, Ethics, Paradigm Case Formulation

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Wynn, What Is a Person and How Can We Be Sure? A Paradigm Case Formulation (October 17, 2014). Journal of Evolution and Technology 24(3) Sept 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2511486

Wynn Schwartz (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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