Question #16 Posted on December 7, 2016 by Grammaticissima Do we have bodies, or are we bodies? Share this:TweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like Loading... Related
Apparently, a person is more than just a body. A dead body is not a person. It cannot be kind or angry.
Or a body can be either a person or the remains of a person.
It could be said that it is not merely a collection of cells that make a sparrow; instead, we look for an entity consisting of an active collection of cells – a certain collection of cells, functioning in a certain way, that is – which make that what we call a sparrow, a sparrow. In this line of thought, there would be no sparrow without the particular organic collection of cells that is characteristic of this particular organism (characteristic, of course, according to a taxonomy of our own invention). But the fact someone might find a decaying dead sparrow does at no point suggest the former sparrow was more than its fuzzy self, now or when it was alive.