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  “What Makes a Person?”   According to Wikipedia, A person is a being, such as a human, that has certain capacities or attributes constituting personhood . This asserts that person could include other than humans, and that some humans might not be persons. Humans that are persons have certain capacities or attributes constituting personhood. . In the case of physical organs such as brains there are good empirical reasons to think they exist, but nonphysical souls do not appear to factor into our best descriptions and explanations of our behavior, and this gives us some reason to think they do not exist. What we perceive are limited to sensory organs but we have a dominion over animals and we use our brain to think in order to differentiate ourselves from animals. We also have the sense of purpose in life. It is a factor of determining a person. They say that if you don‟t have purpose in life then you are not a person . According to William Jaworski, “„ Persistence ‟ is a philosophical term for existe nce over time. To say that something persists is to say that it exists  –  one and the same individual  –  at more”. It means what makes us a person is our identity that differs from animals. Persons have psychological persistence conditions and their identity over time depends on psychological continuity. Our identity as human beings is very unique compared to animals.  As for the word person it means human but individually. There isn't any other living being which can be called a person. And no, a robot or even an alien can't be called a person. Person is a human being. Persons are human beings alone and nothing else. One of the central problems of metaphysics is what it is to be a person. The answer ought to account for central phenomena of personhood; rationality, command of language, self-consciousness, control or agency, and moral worth or title to respect, are amongst the salient characteristics that have been thought to distinguish persons from other forms of life. The immaterial „I‟ that possesses cons cious experience, controls passion, desire, and action, and maintains a perfect identity from birth (or before) to death  (or after). Modern philosophy of mind has frequently been concerned with dismantling the cluster of views that make it plausible to think in terms of such a thing. What am I? What sort of things, metaphysically speaking, are you and I and other human people? What is our basic metaphysical nature? For instance, what are we made of? Are we made up entirely of matter, as stones are, or partly or wholly of something else? If we are made of matter, what matter is it? Just the matter that makes up our bodies, or might we be larger or smaller than our bodies? Are we substances or is each of us a state or an aspect of something else, or perhaps some sort of process or event? We therefore conclude that a person is a human being. A being, in regards to living things, is an independently, self-sufficiently existing living organism, as opposed to an organism's parts, which do not exist independently or apart from it. There are many types of living beings; just observe the wide variety of living organism in our world. But to be a person is to be a human being. Neither beast nor plant nor bacteria are persons. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person http://media.johnwiley.com.au/product_ancillary/82/14443336/DOWNLOAD/Chapter12_Persons_Jaworski.pdf
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