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Corporate Rights and Personhood

Discussions of the rights of corporations can be divided into two overlapping topics—discussion of the current legal rights of corporations and discussion of what rights corporations ought to have. The latter is an ethical debate, the former legal and constitutional. After brief comments on the current legal situation, this entry will concentrate on ethical issues. Theoretical defenses of corporate moral rights will be outlined and comments made on current discussions of several possible corporate rights. However, the application of the theoretical defenses to possible rights is far too large a topic to be properly discussed here. Furthermore, it is an area that currently requires much more research and discussion.

Personhood and the Legal Rights of Corporations

The legal rights of corporations are whatever the law says they ...

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