Persons, Animals, Ourselves

2015.06.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul F. Snowdon, Persons, Animals, Ourselves, Oxford University Press, 2014, 260pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780198719618.
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2015.06.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul F. Snowdon, Persons, Animals, Ourselves, Oxford University Press, 2014, 260pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780198719618. Reviewed by Eric T. Olson, University of Sheffield Paul Snowdon is a gentle, nonconfrontational philosopher. He doesn't try to show that our views are incoherent, or to change our minds with powerful arguments, or to frighten us in any other way. His approach is to show that our deepest convictions fit better with simple and homely views than with their more exciting rivals, however fashionable they may be. He wants to talk us calmly down from the high ledge to something safe and sensible. His thinking is conservative in the best sense of the word: calm, cautious, and distrustful of radical departures from what we thought before we took up philosophy. It's a refreshing change from the usual literature on personal identity. Snowdon's book is a defense of "animalism", the view that you... . . .

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