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Constructing Selves

  • Meir Dan-Cohen
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Abstract

A number of influential schools of thought converge on the view that human beings are self-creating: through our actions and practices, individual and collective, we define our identities and draw our boundaries. On this view, morality and law play a role in determining not only what we do but also who we are. Consequently, in devising behavior-guiding norms we must ask: what subjects will emerge from the practices and activities generated by a particular set of norms? And what considerations bear on the construction of selves through our normative engagements?

Keywords

Personalized Norm Building Code Structural Imperative Constructive View Protective Distance 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Milo Reese Robbins Professor of Law786 Simon Hall, University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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