- Are there actual non–human persons?
- If the following three claims contradict, which one should we drop or revise: 1) the moral status of persons is based on a certain set of characteristics C, 2) all humans do not in fact have characteristics C, 3) all humans have the moral status of persons.
- What is the relation of sub-personal mechanisms and personhood? How dothe sub-personal layers enable or constitute personal-level phenomena?
- In what ways do the features of personhood allow degrees and in what sense do humans share them with non-humans? To what extent and in what precise form does this overlapping vary from feature to feature?
- In what ways are the features inter-connected? How does a transition within one feature indicate transitions in other features, perhaps inall of them?
- In what ways is the graduality bodily origin? How do the modern theories of personhood (mis)recognise their graduality?
- What consequences regarding moral and legal statuses should be drawn from the fact that the capacities central to personhood come in degrees?
- In what sense do changes in the interplay of actual life forms, articulated scientific knowledge and ontological and epistemic commitments influence the limits of personhood?
- José Luis Bermúdez,
- Michael Quante,
- Ralf Stoecker,
- Tim Thornton,+ TBA.
Deadline for abstracts: February 8
Length of abstracts: ca. 500 words
Send abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Notifications of acceptance: February 15
The conference is organized by the “Limits of Personhood" research project run by the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, and financed by the Academy of Finland. More information about the project can be found at: http://www.jyu.fi/yhtfil/fil/limits/index.htm.
The members of the organizing committee are Jussi Kotkavirta, Mikko Yrjönsuuri, Arto Laitinen, Petteri Niemi, Jari Kaukua, Vili Lähteenmäki, Heikki Ikäheimo, Mimosa Pursiainen, Juhana Toivanen and Pessi Lyyra.