Selfhood and the law

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Discussing the institutionalisation of the concept of ‘selfhood’, Jerome Bruner writes:

“Our legal system takes it as a given and constructs a corpus juris based upon notions like “voluntary consent,” “responsibility,” and the rest.  It does not matter whether “selfhood” can be proved scientifically or whether it is merely a “fiction” of folk psychology.  We simply take it as in the “nature of human nature.” P16

the culture of education – bruner

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