This essay provides a genealogy of corporate personhood as it exists currently in US law and places moral personhood in a similar genealogical context. This treatment demonstrates that the two are inextricably intertwined in both conception and institutionalized practices. We would do well to dismantle both; meanwhile, however, corporate personhood's implicit illiberal notion of collective mentality and responsibility may suggest possibilities for establishing collective counterforces to oppose activities of transnational for-profit corporations and mitigate their devastating political, economic, and environmental effects upon actual people and the ecosystems upon which we depend.

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DOI: 10.1111/sjp.12226

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Mcwhorter, Ladelle. "The Morality of Corporate Persons." The Southern Journal of Philosophy55, no. Supplement S1 (2017): 126-148. doi:10.1111/sjp.12226.