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As noted in the entry on individual, ‘person’ is one of a set of terms for designating various versions of the social human being. Others include ‘character’ and ‘self’ as well as ‘individual’ in the most general categories, and a collection of other such individuations including ‘genius’, ‘saint’, ‘lunatic’, ‘soul’, ‘ghost’ and countless others, all of which are, so to speak, extra-social, that is they personalise human beings in ways which take no account of social roles or occupations such as parent, criminal, footballer or vicar.

Whereas a character has attributes and perhaps integrity, a ‘person’ signifies only another human being, although one with the rights and unignorable presence and actuality of all human beings, therefore never to be treated as disposable or as a ...

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