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Can Animals and Machines Be Persons?: A Dialogue

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"This is a dialogue about the notion of a person, of an entity that thinks and feels and acts, that counts and is accountable. Equivalently, it's about the intentional idiom--the well-knit fabric of terms that we use to characterize persons. Human beings are usually persons (a brain-dead human might be considered a human but not a person). However, there may be persons, in ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published March 15th 1985 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published January 1st 1985)
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Bob Rust
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can Animals and Machines Be Persons? (1985) which explores an sf scenario a legal case between a space-exploration company and a Civil Liberties Union over whether a chimpanzee and a computer used on a Space Station should be treated as tools or as employees.
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Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Came across this gem at my college library. It's a comprehensive, articulate, concise, and entertaining treatise on the fundamental philosophical question of our time, written in the grand tradition of the fictional dialogue. I adore this book.
Fred Fiterz
This is a great read. recommend it for anyone who is interested in the debate on Artificial Intelligence. It includes rigorous argumentation and a really fun twist towards the end. 67 pages of pure fun for anyone interested in philosophy of mind.
Jennifer
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This thought experiment still fucks with my head 8 years after reading it.
Devon Fritz
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty good, albeit somewhat outdated, intro into different aspects of how we can think about valuing lives, and which lives we should value. Very short and accessible.
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