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Corporate RomanticismLiberalism, Justice, and the Novel$
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Daniel M. Stout

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823272235

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823272235.001.0001

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The Pursuit of Guilty Things

The Pursuit of Guilty Things

Corporate Actors, Collective Actions, and Romantic Abstraction

(p.21) 1. The Pursuit of Guilty Things
Corporate Romanticism

Daniel M. Stout

Fordham University Press

Chapter one charts out three separate but interrelated nineteenth-century histories: the return and subsequent rise of the corporation as a business entity after 1825; the challenges industrialism posed to tort law; and the problems both eighteenth-century science and Romantic aesthetics had in understanding the identity of collectives. The goal of the chapter is to transform our understanding of the nineteenth-century as a period committed to individualism by seeing the prevalence of collectives within even apparently liberal or individualistic spheres (the law, economics, Romanticism) and the challenges they posed to the basic assumption of liberalism and justice that individual persons can be meaningfully correlated with particular actions and effects.

Keywords:   corporate personhood, corporation, empiricism, liberalism, materialism, negligence, nuisance law, science, symbol, tort law

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