Miljana Milojević (Belgrade University): Persons as Properties

18 May, 2022 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Facultat de Filosofia i Ciències de l'Educació
Seminar Room
7th floor
Av. Blasco Ibánez 30

In this talk I will offer a new account of personhood and personal persistence conditions. The novelty of the defended account consists in treating persons as properties rather than as distinct entities or concrete individuals. In the first part of the talk I will focus on the motivation for the defended view and on possible arguments in favour of the opposing view. In the second part of the talk I will present the main metaphysical commitments of the new account. Also, I will argue that the adoption of this view can resolve many of the problems produced in the debate between psychological and biological accounts of personhood. In the end, I will consider some of the possible negative consequences of the proposed view, mainly those pertaining to the change of meaning and use of person-terms.