Law and Philosophy Library

Legal Personhood: Animals, Artificial Intelligence and the Unborn

Editors: Kurki, Visa A. J., Pietrzykowski, Tomasz (Eds.)

  • Explores the concept of legal personality, drawing on legal philosophy and other traditions 
  • Provides theoretical background for topical issues in medical law, animal law etc. 
  • Represents a wide number of international jurisdictions, from Finland to Brazil 
  • Offers a comprehensive view of an issue neglected by contemporary jurisprudence 
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This edited work collates novel contributions on contemporary topics that are related to human rights. The essays address analytic-descriptive questions, such as what legal personality actually means, and normative questions, such as who or what should be recognised as a legal person. As is well-known among jurists, the law has a special conception of personhood: corporations are persons, whereas slaves have traditionally been considered property rather than persons. This odd state of affairs has not garnered the interest of legal theorists for a while and the theory of legal personhood has been a relatively peripheral topic in jurisprudence for at least 50 years. 

As readers will see, there have recently been many developments and debates that justify a theoretical investigation of this topic. Animal rights activists have been demanding that some animals be recognized as legal persons. The field of robotics has prompted questions about driverless cars: should they be granted a limited legal personality, so that the car itself would be responsible for damages?

This book explores such concepts and touches on matters of bioethics, animal law and medical law. It includes matters of legal history and appeals to both legal scholars and philosophers, especially those with an interest in theories of law and the philosophy of law.  

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Troublesome ‘Person’

    Brożek, Bartosz

    Pages 3-13

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  • Legal Persons as Abstractions: The Extrapolation of Persons from the Male Case

    Naffine, Ngaire

    Pages 15-27

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  • Private Selves – An Analysis of Legal Individualism

    Lindroos-Hovinheimo, Susanna

    Pages 29-46

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  • The Idea of Non-personal Subjects of Law

    Pietrzykowski, Tomasz

    Pages 49-67

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  • Why Things Can Hold Rights: Reconceptualizing the Legal Person

    Kurki, Visa A. J.

    Pages 69-89

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eBook 91,62 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-53462-6
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-53461-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Legal Personhood: Animals, Artificial Intelligence and the Unborn
Editors
  • Visa A. J. Kurki
  • Tomasz Pietrzykowski
Series Title
Law and Philosophy Library
Series Volume
119
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53462-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53462-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53461-9
Series ISSN
1572-4395
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 158
Topics