Groups as Persons? : A Suggestion for a Hegelian Turn
Hirvonen, O. (2017). Groups as Persons? : A Suggestion for a Hegelian Turn. Journal of Social Ontology, 3(2), 143-165. https://doi.org/10.1515/jso-2016-0019
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Christian List and Philip Pettit have recently argued for a performative theory of personhood in which all agents who manage to perform in the space of obligations are taken as persons. Based on this account they claim that group agents are also persons. This theory has been challenged on the grounds of its historical accuracy, lack of political relevance, and contestability of the concept of personhood. This paper aims to take a new perspective on the debate by approaching it through the Hegelian idea of recognition. The claim is that recognition theory provides a multi-dimensional view of personhood that gives a clearer account of what is at stake with collective personhood.
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