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The Resource Identity, personhood and the law, Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring

Identity, personhood and the law, Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring

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Identity, personhood and the law
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Identity, personhood and the law
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Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring
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eng
Summary
This book is an examination of how the law understands human identity and the whole notion of 'human being'. On these two notions the law, usually unconsciously, builds the superstructure of 'human rights'. It explores how the law understands the concept of a human being, and hence a person who is entitled to human rights. This involves a discussion of the legal treatment of those of so-called "marginal personhood" (e.g. high functioning non-human animals; humans of limited intellectual capacity, and fetuses). It also considers how we understand our identity as people, and hence how we fall into different legal categories: such as gender, religion and so on. The law makes a number of huge assumptions about some fundamental issues of human identity and authenticity -- for instance that we can talk meaningfully about the entity that we call 'our self'. Until now it has rarely, if ever, identified those assumptions, let alone interrogated them. This failure has led to the law being philosophically dubious and sometimes demonstrably unfit for purpose. Its failure is increasingly hard to cover up. What should happen legally, for instance, when a disease such as dementia eliminates or radically transforms all the characteristics that most people regard as foundational to the 'self'? This book seeks to plug these gaps in the literature
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Foster, Charles
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no index present
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non fiction
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Herring, Jonathan
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SpringerBriefs in law
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  • Law (philosophical concept)
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • Law (Philosophical concept)
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Identity, personhood and the law, Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vii, 70 pages
Isbn
9783319534589
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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Harrassowitz Verlag
System control number
(OCoLC)968648457
Label
Identity, personhood and the law, Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vii, 70 pages
Isbn
9783319534589
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Harrassowitz Verlag
System control number
(OCoLC)968648457

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