HNRS 111

From Corporations to Clones: The Ethics of Personhood

Prerequisites: First-year Honors Inquiry course and permission of the instructor. Not open to students who have received credit for HIST 108. A First-year Honors seminar. We often define “persons” only biologically, Homo sapiens sapiens. Yet the word applies to non-human entities (corporations), while some humans have been denied “personhood” (women and slaves). Many current legal and ethical controversies concern the “personhood” of fetuses, animals, etc. This course combines philosophical, historical, and legal perspectives on who (or what) should be granted the status and rights of “personhood.” Offered alternate years. III.W, V.1

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