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Personhood and Neuroscience: Naturalizing or Nihilating?
American Journal of Bioethics
Personhood is a foundational concept in ethics, yet defining criteria have been elusive. In this article we summarize attempts to define personhood in psychological and neurological terms and conclude that none manage to be both specific and non-arbitrary. We propose that this is because the concept does not correspond to any real category of objects in the world. Rather, it is the product of an evolved brain system that develops innately and projects itself automatically and irrepressibly ontodoi:10.1080/15265160601064199 pmid:17366164 fatcat:75lbjncccnc37a5dwffehrlb2u