Table of Contents


Part I - A Materialist Metaphysics of the Human Person

Chapter 1 - The Many Problematic Solutions to the Problem of the Many

§1 The Problem Posed
§2 Clarifications
§3 On Nine Alleged Solutions
§4 Solution Ten: Many Persons
§5 The Threat Of Many-Brothers Determinism

Chapter 2 - Persistence and the Partist View

§1 The Partist View
§2 Some Familiar Puzzles Of Material Constitution
§3 The Three Dimensionalist Partist’s Failure
§4 The Four Dimensionalist Partist’s Success
§5 Taking Stock

Chapter 3 - Vagueness and Composition

§1 The Impossibility Of Ontological Vagueness
§2 Defects Of The Linguistic View Of Vagueness
§3 The Virtues Of Epistemicism
§4 The Special Composition Question
§5 Against Material Atomless Gunk
§6 Three Objections To Universalism
§7 The Inadequacy Of The Argument From Vagueness
§8 The Case For Universalism

Chapter 4 - The Criterion of Personal Identity

§1 On The Referent Of The Term ‘Human Person’
§2 Maximal Persons, Temporary Persons, And Person-Parts
§3 The Criterion Of Personhood
§4 The I-Relation And The R-Relation
§5 The Puzzle Of Diageometric Identity
§6 Solving The Semantic Puzzle

Chapter 5 - A Portrait of the Human Person

§1 A Review
§2 A Preview

Part II - Applications: Ethics and Philosophy of Religion

Chapter 6 - Pre-Persons, Post-Persons, Non-Persons, and Person-Parts

§1 Our Preferred Metaphysics And Moral Theory
§2 Pre-Persons: Contraception, Abortion, And Infanticide
§3 Post-Persons: Irreversibly Comatose Humans And Human Corpses
§4 Non-Persons: Human And Non-Human Animals
§5 Person-Parts: Proper Temporal Parts Of Human Persons

Chapter 7 - Nothing but Dust and Ashes

§1 An Inconsistent Triad
§2 Christian Materialism
§3 The Challenge Of The Resurrection
§4 Five Attempts At Reconciliation And A Common Presumption
§5 The Resurrection Of The Body And The Life Everlasting