DOI

10.3390/genealogy1040021

Abstract

Contemporary concepts of moral personhood prevent us from grappling effectively with contemporary social, political, and moral problems. One way to counter the power of such concepts is to trace their lineage and shifting political investments. This article presents a genealogy of personhood, focusing on the crisis of both personhood and sovereignty in seventeenth-century England. It demonstrates the optionality of personhood for moral thinking and exposes personhood's functions in political dividing practices.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-20-2017

Publisher Statement

Copyright ©2017 MDPI. This article first appeared in Genealogy 1:4 (2017), 21.

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McWhorter, Ladelle. 2017. "Persons and Sovereigns in Ethical Though." Genealogy 1, no.4: 21. doi:10.3390/genealogy1040021.

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