Among the many different accounts of personhood — that which links it with the activity of personation, as Hobbes called it — has a claim on our allegiance. It explains why we ascribe certain distinctive capacities to persons. And it enables us to vindicate the ways in which Charles Taylor connects being a person with interacting with others, operating within language and constructing a narrative of the self.
Philip Pettit is the L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Human Values at Princeton University and distinguished professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University.
This conference is organized by a partnership between the Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en philosophie politique, the Lin Centre, the Centre de recherche en éthique, the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité et la démocratie, the Groupe de recherche sur les sociétés plurinationales, and the Social Justice Centre.