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The Politics and Ethics of Identity : In Search of Ourselves

The Politics and Ethics of Identity : In Search of Ourselves

Publisher : Cambridge University Press
SKU: 9781107675575
R 776,76
R 660,25
We are multiple, fragmented and changing selves who, nevertheless, believe we have unique and consistent identities. Richard Ned Lebow explores what accounts for this contradiction; why identity has become so central in scholarship, media and popular fiction; and the political and ethical consequences of sacrificing the illusion of identity.
We are multiple, fragmented, and changing selves who, nevertheless, believe we have unique and consistent identities. What accounts for this illusion? Why has the problem of identity become so central in post-war scholarship, fiction, and the media? Following Hegel, Richard Ned Lebow contends that the defining psychological feature of modernity is the tension between our reflexive and social selves. To address this problem Westerners have developed four generic strategies of identity construction that are associated with four distinct political orientations. Lebow develops his arguments through comparative analysis of ancient and modern literary, philosophical, religious, and musical texts. He asks how we might come to terms with the fragmented and illusionary nature of our identities and explores some political and ethical implications of doing so.
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ISBN13 9781107675575
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Contributor By (author) Richard Ned Lebow
Publication Date 2014-03-20
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 444
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 229 X 152 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 590
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We are multiple, fragmented, and changing selves who, nevertheless, believe we have unique and consistent identities. What accounts for this illusion? Why has the problem of identity become so central in post-war scholarship, fiction, and the media? Following Hegel, Richard Ned Lebow contends that the defining psychological feature of modernity is the tension between our reflexive and social selves. To address this problem Westerners have developed four generic strategies of identity construction that are associated with four distinct political orientations. Lebow develops his arguments through comparative analysis of ancient and modern literary, philosophical, religious, and musical texts. He asks how we might come to terms with the fragmented and illusionary nature of our identities and explores some political and ethical implications of doing so.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781107675575
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Contributor By (author) Richard Ned Lebow
Publication Date 2014-03-20
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 444
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 229 X 152 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 590
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