A Theory of Legal Personhood

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Abstract

Who, or what, is a 'person' according to the law? How did this understanding of personhood come about? In the twenty-first century, environmentalism, animal rights, artificial intelligence, and corporate personhood have compelled us to consider these questions once again. Legal personhood is a foundational concept of Western legal thought and A Theory of Legal Personhood seeks to go beyond contemporary debates, challenging our very understanding of legal personhood itself.

Drawing on extensive research, scholarship, legislation, and court cases from around the globe, this book offers readers — with or without previous knowledge — new insights into legal personhood. It scrutinizes how personhood came to be understood synonymously with the holding of legal rights. It then posits that a better understanding of legal personhood is as a cluster property. Finally, it applies this new theory to explain and structure the numerous debates surrounding legal personhood.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
EditionFirst edition
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)9780198844037
ISBN (Electronic)9780191879708
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2019
MoE publication typeC1 Scientific book

Publication series

NameOxford Legal Philosophy
PublisherOxford University Press

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law
  • legal philosophy
  • rights
  • legal personhood
  • legal personality
  • Animal Rights Philosophy
  • Hohfeldian analysis
  • legal theory
  • JURISPRUDENCE

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Kurki, V. A. J. (2019). A Theory of Legal Personhood. (First edition ed.) (Oxford Legal Philosophy). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198844037.001.0001
Kurki, Visa A.J. / A Theory of Legal Personhood. First edition ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019. 224 p. (Oxford Legal Philosophy).
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Kurki VAJ. A Theory of Legal Personhood. First edition ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. 224 p. (Oxford Legal Philosophy). https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198844037.001.0001