Corporations, Persons and the Natural Law: A Response to Professor McLeod
Anchoring Truths (November 23, 2021)
10 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2021 Last revised: 8 Mar 2022
Date Written: November 23, 2021
This short piece responds to an article by Professor McLeod and argues that, even under strong natural law assumptions about the natural rights of human beings to form associations, there is no reason to think that corporations, churches or other associations of individuals are real persons in any ontological or metaphysical sense. Anything we want to say about the rights and obligations of associations under the natural law is fully explainable in terms of the rights and obligations of the individual human beings who compose such associations.
Keywords: Corporations, legal persons, personhood, legal personhood, churches, natural law, associations, right to associate, right to association
JEL Classification: K20
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