Marshall Grossman Lecture: Henry S. Turner, "Universitas: On Corporations and Pluralism, 1516-2016"
Thursday, March 06, 2014
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Henry S. Turner, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
"Universitas: On Corporations and Pluralism, 1516-2016"
This talk looks closely at the history of the corporation in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England and the way it was taken up by literary writers, with particular reference to More and Shakespeare. It considers the nature of corporate ontology and corporate personhood, with some speculations about fictional and philosophical writing in the period, and about theater as a corporate art. The talk concludes by suggesting how a history of corporations could be generative for political theory, especially of a pluralist variety.