The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity

By Appiah, Kwame Anthony

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9781631493836 9781631493843
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Liveright: Norton


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Starred Review on September 15, 2018  |  Arts and Humanities

Appiah (philosophy, New York Univ.; Cosmopolitanism) argues that people identify with ideas and groups in ways that are inescapable but dangerous. The key danger lies in essentialism, the view that a group has fixed conditions of identity that apply without exception to its members. Thus, Scriptural determinism holds that people who profess a religion are committed to beliefs found in canonical texts, yet to view religion in this way is to ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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