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Normative Subjects: Self and Collectivity in Morality and Law

ISBN : 9780190936242

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Author: 
Meir Dan-Cohen
Pages
272 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
155 x 235 mm
Pub date
Mar 2019
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Normative Subjects alludes to the fields of morality and law, as well as to the entities, self and collectivity, addressed by these clusters of norms. The book explores connections between the two. The conception of self that informs this book is the joint product of two multifaceted philosophical strands, the constructivist and the hermeneutical. Various schools of thought view human beings as self creating: by pursuing our goals and promoting our projects, and so while abiding by the various norms that guide us in these endeavors, we also determine human identity. The result is an emphasis on a reciprocal relationship between law and morality on the one side and the composition and boundaries of the self on the other. In what medium does this self creation take place, and who exactly is the " engaged in it? The answer suggested by the hermeneutical tradition provides the book with its second main theme. Like plays and novels, human beings are constituted by meaning, and these meanings vary in their level of abstraction. Self creation is a matter of fixing and elaborating these meanings at different levels of abstraction: the individual, the collective, and the universal. A key implication of this picture, explored in the book, is a conception of human dignity as accruing to us qua authors of the values and norms by which we define our selves individually and collectively.

Index: 

Acknowledgments and Provenance
Introduction
Part I. Construction and Revision
1. Constructing Subjects
2. Socializing Harry
3. Revising Our Pasts
4. Regret, Luck, and Identity
Part II. Value and Humanity
5. Individuals, Citizens, Persons
6. Dignity and Self-Creation
7. A Morality of Crime and Punishment
Part III. Collective Subjects
8. Collective Personhoods
9. Sanctioning Corporations
10. Freedoms of Collective Speech
Index

About the author: 

Meir Dan-Cohen is Milo Reese Robbins Chair in Legal Ethics, School of Law and Affiliated Professor, Department of Philosophy, at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Rights, Persons, and Organizations (2nd Edition 2016), and Harmful Thoughts: Essays on Law, Self and Morality (2002).

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