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The Structure of Pluralism$
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Victor M. Muniz-Fraticelli

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673889.001.0001

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The Personality of Associations

The Personality of Associations

(p.199) 10 The Personality of Associations
The Structure of Pluralism

Víctor M Muñiz-Fraticelli

Oxford University Press

The debate over real personality is about the right of an association to have its legal personality recognized as a matter of right, and to make that claim in its own capacity as a corporate body, rather than as a derivation of its members individual rights. Because, as Andrei Marmor argues, all authority is personal authority, the capacity for a group to exercise authority corporately depends on its capacity to be a person. The criteria of personality are derived from the institutional setting in which personality is exercised, and corresponds roughly to John Rawls’ two moral powers. Philip Pettit’s notion of freedom as discursive control and his Christian List’s account and of group agency explain much of a corporate group’s capacity for personhood. But only when we reflect on a group’s development or Bildung and the way that it shapes and structures its members’ identity.

Keywords:   Group personality, corporate, rights, Bildung, supervenience, Andrei Marmor, John Rawls, Philip Pettit, Christian List

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