What is a Person?
David Leech Anderson: Author
This module raises the question, "Is it possible to build a person?" Various qualities of persons are discussed, including intelligence, self-awareness, the ability to make moral decisions, consciousness, etc. Students are challenged to develop their own criteria of personhood and to consider whether or not those properties could be "mechanized" and built into a machine.
What does it mean to be person? By "person" we don't mean human being but a moral agent with the right of self-determination. Explore these issues with us.
This module was supported by National Science Foundation Grants #9981217 and #0127561.