Utilising literature as a serious source of challenges to questions in philosophy and law, this book provides a fresh perspective upon the creation of moral and legal personhood. The interdisciplinary network creates fresh approaches to issues such as the 'reasonable man', provocation, rape, treason, abortion, and the social contract. Individual theorists such as John Finnis, Ronald Dworkin, Judith Jarvis Thomson and Christine Korsgaard are juxtaposed with philosophically linked texts by writers such as J.G. Ballard, J.M. Coetzee, Iris Murdoch, John Fowles, Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bowen, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and Thomas Hardy. Central themes in law and philosophy are made accessible and entertaining yet remain challenging in this novel approach to the subject.