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Personhood and the Strongly normative constraint
Abstract

The strongly normative view is a concept of personhood rooted in traditional African thought. On this view, substantive norms of culture directly constrain behaviour in such a way that failure to comply amounts to a failure of personhood. The paper puts forward a number of conceptual and practical difficulties confronting that view of personhood, while shifting attention to a weakly normative concept of personhood.