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Can Animals and Machines Be Persons?: A Dialogue
"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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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.
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.