Intention and Identity: Collected Essays Volume II (Collected Essays of John Finnis)

Intention and Identity: Collected Essays Volume II (Collected Essays of John Finnis)

By: John Finnis (author)Hardback

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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 with judges 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 the law 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 and immigration. The essays show the power of a sometimes neglected aspect of the new classical theory of natural law. The volume includes previously unpublished essays on whether brain life is relevant to the beginning of a person's life, on its relevance to the end of one's life, and a substantial introduction in which John Finnis reflects on the nature of human spirit, and on the changes in his thinking about personal reality and about how intention is to be analysed and understood, and its moral significance for individuals and groups appreciated.

About Author

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.


Introduction ; NATURE AND FREEDOM IN PERSONAL IDENTITY ; 1. The Priority of Persons ; 2. Personal Identity in Aquinas and Shakespeare ; 3. Anscombe on Spirit and Intention ; GROUP IDENTITY AND GROUP ACTS ; 4. Purposes, Public Acts, and Personification ; 5. Persons and Their Associations ; 6. Law, Universality, and Social Identity ; 7. Cosmopolis, Nation States, and Families ; ACTS AND INTENTIONS ; 8. Human Acts ; 9. Intentions and Objects ; 10. Intention and Side-Effects ; 11. Intention in Tort Law ; 12. Conditional and Preparatory Intentions ; 13. 'Direct' and 'Indirect' in Action ; 14. Intention in Direct Discrimination ; PERSONS BEGINNING AND DYING ; 15. Organic Unity, Brain Life, and Our Beginning ; 16. When Most People Begin ; 17. On Producing Human Embryos ; 18. Brain Death and Peter Singer ; 19. Intentionally Killing the 'Permanently Unconscious' ; Bibliography of the Works of John Finnis

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780199580064
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9780199580064
  • weight: 700
  • ISBN10: 0199580065

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