In the Name of Identity

In the Name of Identity

Violence and the Need to Belong

Book - 2012
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The notion of identity -- personal, religious, ethnic, or national -- has given rise to heated passions and crimes throughout history. What makes each one of us unique has been a fundamental question of philosophy from Socrates to Freud. This book argues that the concept of identity that prevails the world over is still very much tribal. It allows men of all countries, conditions, and faiths to be transformed into butchers and fanatics, passing themselves off as defenders of a given identity. Maalouf contends that many of us would reject our inherited conceptions of identity, which we cling to through habit, if only we examined them more closely. The future of society depends on accepting -- while recognizing our uniqueness -- all identities.
Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, c2012
ISBN: 9781611453249
1611453240
Branch Call Number: 302.4 MAA
Characteristics: 164 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Identity

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