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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Wittgenstein and Blade Runner

Updated Tuesday, 20th January 2015

Our animation explores Locke's views of personal identity, while on the radio Giles Fraser speaks about how being human is based on moral compassion and feelings.

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Giles Fraser thinks being human isn't a matter of biology or some unique attribute like language. It's not to do with what we are but about how we treat each other. Taking the work of the philosopher Wittgenstein he argues that to be human is to be considered worthy of certain kinds of respect and moral compassion. For Giles, human is a moral category and it is an instruction to treat each other well.

 

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