THINKING PARTS and EMBODIMENT

Rina Tzinman

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Abstract

According to the thinking parts problem, any part sufficient for thought—e.g. a head—is a good candidate for being a thinker, and therefore being us. So we can’t assume that we—thinkers—are (or are constituted by) human beings rather than their proper parts. Many solutions to this problem have been proposed. However, I will show that the views currently on the market all face serious problems. I will then offer a new solution that avoids these problems. The thinking parts problem arises from considerations that seem to be empirically substantiated. One virtue of my solution is that in addition to its theoretical apparatus it appeals to empirically substantiated considerations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-182
Number of pages20
JournalPhilosophical Quarterly
Volume71
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Body schema
  • Embodiment
  • Personal identity
  • Thinking parts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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