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Persons: A History

Antonia LoLordo


This book is a genealogy of the concept of a person, as it is used in philosophy, ethics, the law, and everyday life. It asks, what is the concept of a person? How is the concept of a person distinct from the concept of a human being? How is it distinct from the concept of the self? When and why did the concept of a person come into existence? What is the relationship between moral personhood and metaphysical personhood, and how has our conception of that relationship changed over the last two millennia? The book as a whole argues for two main claims. First, the concept of a person, like other ... More

Keywords: person, personal identity, metaphysical personhood, moral personhood, self, human being

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190634384
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190634384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antonia LoLordo, editor
Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Virginia

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