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Can Animals and Machines Be Persons? : A Dialogue [Paperback]

Justin Leiber
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December 1, 1985 0872200027 978-0872200029
'Written in a lively and entertaining style, this little book, which deals with topics such as 'personhood', animal rights, and artificial intelligence ...makes some rather difficult philosophical points clear in an unpedantic fashion' - M E Winston, Trenton State College.

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  • Paperback: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co. (December 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872200027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872200029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Was Philosophical and Well-Written (in my opinion). September 14, 2013
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The book, 'Can Animals and Robots Be Persons?', goes through an entire sequence of debates about whether robots and/or other animals can think, feel, and be 'human'. It ponders the deep depths of what it means to be human and that we are not special or better than robots or other animals. Also, Dr. Leiber makes it very easy for your own opinions to survive through the book. Possibly, Dr. Leiber wants you to think critically by yourselves and not from the book itself (at least, that is what I think). In the end, you will possibly have strengthened your opinion on the subject or critically think yourself onto the other side (that you are not on). This, in turn, makes me recommend it to other people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT December 13, 2012
This is a great book and Dr. Leiber himself is a really cool person. I took his Philosophy of Language class a couple years ago, it was one of my first University classes. He is awesome and super intellegent. I am purchasing this book for my mom for Christmas this year, she'll be surprised and I know will love it.
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got this book for a college class.. really enjoyed the book and actually finished it from start to finish the same day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Issue March 28, 2000
This book deals with issues that we do not think in our daily life and this is what it is to be a person. It is amazing how the arguments of the book are construed and seems absurd to take the consideration of animals and machines being persons. Yet, regardless of its absurdity it is something that should be considered; an issue that should be debated on. The first thing that came to my mind while reading this book is that a person is similar to a computer in that persons are also 'programmed' by society and education (this issue is not about the computer we use in our daily lives but a more complicated machine). When reading this book keep in mind that a human being means "any individual of the genus Homo, esp. a member of the species Homo sapiens." So, obviously Justin Leiber is not saying that computers are humans because they are not from the same species. Now, what it is to be a person is something different. I never thought of the way we use the word person being equal to human being. In fact, I thought person=human being, but now I have realized this is not so. A human being is a person (there is no doubt about this) but not necessarily a person is a human being. For example, in law a corporation, a partnership, an estate, or other legal entity is recognized to a person, but not a human being. Think about it if a corporation that does not function with the same autonomy as the computer in the book is a person why the computer can not be a person too. All these things I have thought of came from reading this book. I strongly recommend it because it gives the possibility of opening our mind and seeing reality from a different perspective.
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