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Genealogy 2017, 1(4), 21; doi:10.3390/genealogy1040021

Persons and Sovereigns in Ethical Thought

School of Arts and Sciences, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 23173, USA
Received: 18 August 2017 / Revised: 13 November 2017 / Accepted: 16 November 2017 / Published: 20 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Political Genealogy after Foucault)
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Contemporary concepts of moral personhood prevent us from grappling effectively with contemporary social, political, and moral problems. One way to counter the power of such concepts is to trace their lineage and shifting political investments. This article presents a genealogy of personhood, focusing on the crisis of both personhood and sovereignty in seventeenth-century England. It demonstrates the optionality of personhood for moral thinking and exposes personhood’s functions in political dividing practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: Foucault; sovereignty; personhood; Levellers; Hobbes Foucault; sovereignty; personhood; Levellers; Hobbes
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McWhorter, L. Persons and Sovereigns in Ethical Thought. Genealogy 2017, 1, 21.

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