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Corporations as Persons

Philosophy Coffees
Friday, November 15, 2013
3:30 PM
Shepardson College Room

Corporations are often treated as legal persons.

That is, they are entitled to bear many of the same rights as natural persons, although not always to the same degree (right to contract, right to free speech, etc.). 

Is the treatment of corporations as persons ethical? 

Does it make sense metaphysically? How can we understand corporate actions? 

That is, are corporations best understood as groups (thus requiring a theory of group agency to make sense of their actions) or as some sort of individuals 

(thus requiring a theory of corporate agency)?

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Posted Date 
Friday, November 8, 2013