Eric Olson's Publications


Original Articles

Reviews, Interviews, Reference Articles, and Other Bits

In Press


The Human Animal: Personal Identity Without Psychology

New York: Oxford University Press 1997; published electronically by Oxford Scholarship Online 2003.

Named 'an outstanding academic book of 1997' by Choice.

Italian translation, L'animale umano: Identità e continuità biologica, McGraw Hill, 1999.

APA Author-Meets-Critics Session in Abstracta

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What Are We? A Study in Personal Ontology

New York: Oxford University Press 2007; published electronically by Oxford Scholarship Online 2008.

French translation to be published by Les Editions D’Ithaque.

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original articles

Is Psychology Relevant to Personal Identity?
Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72, 1994: 173-86

Human People or Human Animals?
Philosophical Studies 80, 1995: 159-81

Why I Have no Hands
Theoria 61, 1995: 182-197

Composition and Coincidence
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 77, 1996: 374-403

Dion's Foot
Journal of Philosophy 94, 1997: 260-65

Was I Ever a Fetus?
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57, 1997: 95-110

Reprinted in revised form in R. Nichols et al., eds., Philosophy Through Science Fiction, Routledge 2008 (link below).

Relativism and Persistence
Philosophical Studies 88, 1997: 141-62

The Ontological Basis of Strong Artificial Life
Artificial Life 3, 1997: 29-39  doi:10.1162/artl.1997.3.1.29  [Please contact me if you have a copy of this!]

Human Atoms
Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76, 1998: 396-406

There is no Problem of the Self
Journal of Consciousness Studies 5, 1998: 645-57, and in S. Gallagher and J. Shearer, eds., Models of the Self, Imprint Academic 1999.

Reprinted in B. Gertler and L. Shapiro, eds., Arguing About the Mind, Routledge 2007.

Reply to Lynne Rudder Baker
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 59, 1999: 161-66

A Compound of Two Substances
In K. Corcoran, ed., Soul, Body, and Survival. Cornell University Press, 2001: 73-88

Material Coincidence and the Indiscernibility Problem
Philosophical Quarterly 51, 2001: 337-55

Personal Identity and the Radiation Argument
Analysis 61, 2001: 38-43

Thinking Animals and the Constitution View
Field Guide to Philosophy of Mind, 2001

What does Functionalism Tell Us about Personal Identity?
Noûs 36, 2002: 682-98

Thinking Animals and the Reference of 'I'
Philosophical Topics 30, 2002: 189-208

An Argument for Animalism
In R. Martin and J. Barresi, eds., Personal Identity, Blackwell 2003: 318-34.  

Reprinted in P. van Inwagen and D. Zimmerman, eds., Metaphysics: The Big Questions 2e, Blackwell 2008; in M. Rea, ed., Arguing About Metaphysics, Routledge 2009; in J. Lizza, ed., Defining the Beginning and End of Life, Johns Hopkins University Press 2009; in J. Kim et al., eds., Metaphysics: An Anthology 2e, Blackwell 2011; and in S. Hetherington, ed., Metaphysics and Epistemology: A Guided Anthology, Blackwell 2013.

Lowe's Defence of Constitutionalism
Philosophical Quarterly 53, 2003: 92-95

Was Jekyll Hyde?
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66, 2003: 328-348

Warum Wir Tiere Sind
In K. Petrus, ed., On Human Persons, Ontos Verlag 2003: 11-22

Animalism and the Corpse Problem
Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82, 2004: 265-74

Imperfect Identity
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 104, 2006: 81-98

Is There a Bodily Criterion of Personal Identity?
In F. MacBride, ed., Identity and Modality, Oxford University Press 2006: 242-259

Temporal Parts and Timeless Parthood
Noûs 40, 2006: 738-752

The Paradox of Increase
The Monist 89, 2006: 390-417

Reprinted in P. van Inwagen and D. Zimmerman, eds., Metaphysics: The Big Questions, 2e, Blackwell 2008.

What Are We?
Journal of Consciousness Studies 14: 5-6 (special issue: Dimensions of Personhood), 2007: 37-55, and in A. Laitinen and H. Ikäheimo, eds., Dimensions of Personhood, Imprint Academic 2007

Was I Ever a Fetus? (new version)
In R. Nichols et al., eds., Philosophy Through Science Fiction, Routledge 2008

The Rate of Time's Passage
Analysis 69, 2009: 3-9

The Passage of Time
In R. Le Poidevin et al., eds., The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics 2009: 440-48

Ethics and the Generous Ontology
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 31 (special issue: Personal Identity and Bioethics), 2010: 259–270

Immanent Causation and Life After Death
In G. Gasser, ed., Personal Identity and Resurrection, Ashgate 2010: 51-66

The Extended Self
Minds and Machines 21 (special issue: The Construction of Personal Identities Online), 2011: 481-495

Identity, Quantification, and Number  
In T. Tahko, ed., Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics, Cambridge University Press 2012: 66-82

In Search of the Simple View
In G. Gasser and M. Stefan, eds., Personal Identity: Complex or Simple?  Cambridge University Press 2012: 44-62

The Person and the Corpse
In B. Bradley, et al., eds., The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death, OUP 2013: 80-96

The Epicurean View of Death
Journal of Ethics 17 (special issue: The Benefits and Harms of Existence and Non-Existence), 2013: 65-78

The Metaphysical Implications of Conjoined Twinning
Southern Journal of Philosophy 52, Spindel Supplement, 2014: 24-40

Animalism and the Remnant-Person Problem
In J. Fonseca and J. Gonçalves, eds., Philosophical Perspectives on the Self, Peter Lang 2015: 21-40

Life After Death and the Devastation of the Grave
In M. Martin and K. Augustine, eds., The Myth of an Afterlife, Rowman & Littlefield, 2015: 409-423

On Parfit's View That We Are Not Human Beings
In A. O'Hear, ed., Mind, Self and Person (Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 76), CUP 2015: 39-56

What Does It Mean to Say That We Are Animals?
Journal of Consciousness Studies 22: 11-12 (special issue: First-Person Perspective and the Self), 2015: 84-107

The Role of the Brainstem in Personal Identity
In A. Blank, ed., Animals: New Essays, Philosophia 2016: 291-302

The Remnant-Person Problem
In S. Blatti and P. Snowdon, eds., Animalism, OUP 2016: 145-161

reviews, reference articles, etc.

Review of J. Dancy, ed., Reading Parfit
Philosophical Books 39, 1998: 252-254

Review of E. J. Lowe, The Possibility of Metaphysics
Mind 109, 2000: 967-69

Review of J. Wilson, Biological Individuality
Philosophical Quarterly 51, 2001

Review of L. R. Baker, Persons and Bodies
Mind 110, 2001: 427-30

Mind-Body Problem
In C. Blakemore & S. Jennett, eds., The Oxford Companion to the Body, OUP 2001: 469-70

'Reprinted' in

Personal Identity
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2002 (revised 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015)

Reprinted in S. Schneider, ed., Science Fiction and Philosophy, Blackwell 2009 (translated into Arabic 2010, Portuguese 2011)

Review of H. Hudson, A Materialist Metaphysics of the Human Person
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2002

The Ontology of Material Objects: Critical Notice of T. Merricks, Objects and Persons
Philosophical Books 43, 2002: 292-99

Personal Identity
In S. Stich & T. Warfield, eds., The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Mind, Blackwell 2003: 352-68

Review of J. Perry, Identity, Personal Identity, and the Self
European Journal of Philosophy 14, 2006: 434-7

Review of M. Tye, Consciousness and Persons
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73, 2006: 500-503

Précis of The Human Animal and Replies to Critics
Abstracta Special Issue I, 2008: 5-7, 32-42

Review of P. van Inwagen and D. Zimmerman, eds., Persons: Human and Divine
Mind 117, 2008: 234-7

Pourquoi Nous Sommes des Animaux
Revue Terrain 52, 2009: 78-95

Self: Personal Identity
In W. Banks, ed., Encyclopedia of Consciousness. Elsevier Academic Press 2009

In A. Steglich-Petersen, ed., Metaphysics: 5 Questions, Automatic Press 2010: 75-84

Personal Identity
Oxford Bibliographies Online 2011, updated 2016

Interview with 3:AM Magazine, May 2012

The Nature of People
In S. Luper, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death, CUP 2014: 30-46

Review of P. Snowdon, Persons, Animals, Ourselves
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015

Why is Death Bad?
Aeon, 2016

Interview by Simon Cushing
Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics (Philosophical Profiles), 2016  Click here for video.

PhilonoUS 1 (2), 2016: 76-81

in press

Objects and Their Matter
To appear in R. Garcia, ed., Substance, Philosophia Verlag

Radical Resurrection and Divine Commands
To appear in S. Cushing, ed., Heaven and Philosophy, Lexington

Properties as Parts of Ordinary Objects
To appear in J. Keller, ed., Being, Freedom, and Method: Themes from van Inwagen, OUP

The Zombies Among Us
To appear in Noûs

For Animalism
To appear in J. Loose, et al., The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism

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