Prompt: After landing on another world, you meet an alien creature native to that world. If it turns out that this creature is a person, that would affect the moral constraints on your interactions with it. In light of this, the U.S. Space Force’s Philosophical Squad—of which you are a member—has been tasked with determining whether the alien is a person. How would you do so? Justify your proposal by (a) describing which properties you take to be essential to personhood, and (b) explaining how your proposal will identify the presence or absence of those properties in the creature. (Your response should draw on some of the readings from Weeks 1 and 2 of our course.)

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