Persons and Their Associations

John Finnis

in Intention and Identity

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580064
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729386 | DOI:
Persons and Their Associations

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This chapter contains the text of a 1989 response to Roger Scruton's philosophical paper ‘Corporate Persons’ (summarized in the endnote) emphasizes that the paradigm of personhood is the persisting and organic unity, identity and wholeness of human individuals. This is epistemologically prior to corporate personality or group identity, which is well accounted for by Aquinas in terms of group action, which in turn is to be understood by reference to proposals for action that are held out to members of the group as a plan for coordinating their acts as participation in the group's act(s). The impossibility of setting up a nuclear deterrent as a group bluff (even if the President who would activate it is bluffing) is again underlined.

Keywords: corporate personality; Roger Scruton; individual personhood; Aquinas; group action; nuclear deterrence; bluffing

Chapter.  3779 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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