. Peter Singer on Person - Dictionary of Arguments

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Person, philosophy: A thinking and sentient being that distinguishes itself from others. In the course of the history of philosophy, further determinations have been agreed on or disregarded, e.g. rationality, autonomy, not-being-able-to-be-possessed. While the human and his body age, the person has no temporal stages. See also individual, law, continuants, identity.
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Peter Singer on Person - Dictionary of Arguments

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Person/P. Singer: The term originates from the theatre, where different roles could be taken through masks. The person later corresponded to the role someone plays in life.
>Roles/Goffman
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Definition Person/Locke, John: a thinking, intelligent being who possesses reason and reflection and can see itself as itself, as the same thinking thing at different times and in different places. (J. Locke(1)).
>Person/Locke, cf. >Person/Kant, >Personal Identity.
P. Singer: that is close to Fletcher's concept of the human being.
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Definition Person/P. Singer: I suggest to understand them as rational and self-confident beings.
Self-Consciousness/Terminology/P. Singer: I equate self-consciousness and self-awareness.
>Rationality, >Self-consciousness, >Awareness.

1. J. Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding, (1690), bk. II, chap. 27, par.9.

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The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

SingerP I
Peter Singer
Practical Ethics (Third Edition) Cambridge 2011

SingerP II
P. Singer
The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically. New Haven 2015


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