Intention and Identity: Collected Essays Volume II by John FinnisIntention and Identity: Collected Essays Volume II by John Finnis

Intention and Identity: Collected Essays Volume II

byJohn Finnis

Paperback | October 5, 2013

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The essays in Intention and Identity explore themes in Finnis's work touched on only lightly, if at all, in Natural Law and Natural Rights, developing profound accounts of personal identity and existence; group identity and common good; and intention and choice as action- and self-shaping. In his many-faceted study of what it is to be a human person, and a human community, Finnis not only engages with contemporary philosophers and bioethicists such as Peter Singer, Michael Lockwood and John Harris, with thinkers from other traditions such as Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II), and withjudges in the highest courts. He also offers illuminating and deeply considered readings of Shakespeare and Aquinas, and debates with Roger Scruton, Joseph Raz, Hans Kelsen, John Rawls, Glanville Williams, Richard Posner, Ronald Dworkin and others. The role of intention in the criminal law and thelaw of civil wrongs is searchingly explored through case-law, as are judicial attempts to understand conditional and preparatory intentions. Moral or bioethical issues discussed include in vitro fertilization, cloning, abortion, euthanasia, and 'brain death', patriotism, multi-culturalism andimmigration. The papers show the power of a sometimes neglected aspect of the new classical theory of natural law. The volume includes previously unpublished papers on whether brain life is relevant to the beginning of a person's life, on its relevance to the end of one's life, and a substantial introduction inwhich John Finnis reflects on the changes in his thinking on personal reality and on how intention is to be analysed and understood and its moral significance appreciated.
John Finnis is Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of University College. He is the Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame.
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Title:Intention and Identity: Collected Essays Volume IIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pagesPublished:October 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199689954

ISBN - 13:9780199689958

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Table of Contents

Introduction Nature, Freedom, and Value in Personal Identity1. The Priority of Persons2. The Worth of Persons3. Personal Identity in Aquinas and ShakespeareGroup Identity and Group Acts4. Persons, Public Acts, and Personification5. Persons and Their Associations6. This Common Good and That7. Law, Universality, and Personal and Social Identity8. Truth, Universality, and NationsActs and Intentions9. Human Acts10. Intentions and Objects11. Intentions and Side-effects12. Intention in Tort13. Conditional and Preparatory Intentions14. Intention in Direct DiscriminationPersons Beginning and Dying15. Organic Unity, Brain Life, and the Human Person's Beginning16. When Most People Begin17. On Producing Human Embryos18. The Unborn Baby's "Status"19. Brain Death and Peter Singer20. Intentionally Killing the Brain Dead