Logic of identity

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Abstract

Identity refers, among other things, to what distinguishes an individual and makes him or her this person rather than some other. It has two closely related dimensions: personal and social. Personal identity refers to the individual’s fundamental beliefs and commitments in terms of which he orientates himself to the world and defines his place in it. Social identity refers to those relations with which the individual identifies and which he regards as an integral part of himself. Social identity is inherently plural. How an individual balances and prioritizes different identities is a result of the dialectic between her self- understanding and social and political environment.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Choice
  • Commitment
  • Individual
  • Personal identity
  • Reason
  • Self-understanding
  • Social identity

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  • Bhikhu Parekh

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