The Ethics of Identity

In this beautifully written work, renowned philosopher and African Studies scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah draws on thinkers through the ages and across the globe to explore such questions.

Author: Kwame Anthony Appiah

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400826193

Category: Philosophy

Page: 384

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Race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality: in the past couple of decades, a great deal of attention has been paid to such collective identities. They clamor for recognition and respect, sometimes at the expense of other things we value. But to what extent do "identities" constrain our freedom, our ability to make an individual life, and to what extent do they enable our individuality? In this beautifully written work, renowned philosopher and African Studies scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah draws on thinkers through the ages and across the globe to explore such questions. The Ethics of Identity takes seriously both the claims of individuality--the task of making a life---and the claims of identity, these large and often abstract social categories through which we define ourselves. What sort of life one should lead is a subject that has preoccupied moral and political thinkers from Aristotle to Mill. Here, Appiah develops an account of ethics, in just this venerable sense--but an account that connects moral obligations with collective allegiances, our individuality with our identities. As he observes, the question who we are has always been linked to the question what we are. Adopting a broadly interdisciplinary perspective, Appiah takes aim at the clichés and received ideas amid which talk of identity so often founders. Is "culture" a good? For that matter, does the concept of culture really explain anything? Is diversity of value in itself? Are moral obligations the only kind there are? Has the rhetoric of "human rights" been overstretched? In the end, Appiah's arguments make it harder to think of the world as divided between the West and the Rest; between locals and cosmopolitans; between Us and Them. The result is a new vision of liberal humanism--one that can accommodate the vagaries and variety that make us human.

The Politics and Ethics of Identity

In 1785, Thomas Reid described identity as “the foundation of all rights and obligations, and of all accountableness.”16 Many moral philosophers agree. Identity undeniably has important implications for ethics, but this relationship is ...

Author: Richard Ned Lebow

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107027657

Category: History

Page: 431

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Challenges the notion of consistent unitary identities, arguing that we are multiple, changing selves, shaped by social contexts and processes.

Moral Dilemmas Identity and Our Moral Condition

For readers engaged in intellectual struggle, ethical thinking, and trying to figure out how to live a purposeful, fulfilling life, here is a critical and accessible approach to ethics.

Author: Michael Shaw Perry

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 9781628940756

Category: Philosophy

Page: 246

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For readers engaged in intellectual struggle, ethical thinking, and trying to figure out how to live a purposeful, fulfilling life, here is a critical and accessible approach to ethics. Moral dilemmas challenge us to think through sticky situations and lead us to look for moral grounding. Following Cicero and other ancient philosophers, the author views ethics in terms of the question of who and what sort of person one ought to be, without relying on religion or any other prescriptions.

Experiments in Ethics

He traces an intellectual genealogy of the burgeoning discipline of “experimental philosophy,” provides a balanced, lucid account of the work being done in this controversial and increasingly influential field, and offers a fresh way of ...

Author: Anthony Appiah

Publisher: Mary Flexner Lectures of Bryn Mawr College

ISBN: 0674034570

Category: Philosophy

Page: 274

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Appiah explores how new empirical moral psychology relates to the age-old project of philosophical ethics, urging that the relation between empirical research and morality, now so often antagonistic, should be seen in terms of dialogue, not contest. He thereby shows how experimental philosophy is actually as old as philosophy itself.

The Non identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People

David Boonin presents a new account of the non-identity problem: a puzzle about our obligations to people who do not yet exist.

Author: David Boonin

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199682935

Category: Philosophy

Page: 293

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David Boonin presents a new account of the non-identity problem: a puzzle about our obligations to people who do not yet exist. He provides a critical survey of solutions to the problem that have been proposed, and concludes by developing an unorthodox alternative solution, one that differs fundamentally from virtually every other approach.

Cultural Identity and Political Ethics

identity as affiliation in the way that I have characterised, demands a high degree of sameness of group members, ... normative content that tends to homogenise group members, as with indigenous peoples who follow a warrior ethic.

Author: Paul Gilbert

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748686803

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Critiques the politics of cultural identity, exploring the difference between political roles and collective identities.

Thinking Queerly

Taking on issues of race, sex, gender, and 'the ethics of identity', this work offers a fresh take on queer theory - one rooted in phenomenology rather than poststructuralism - that seeks to put postnormative thinking at its center.

Author: David Ross Fryer

Publisher: Paradigm Pub

ISBN: 1594513600

Category: Law

Page: 192

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Taking on issues of race, sex, gender, and 'the ethics of identity', this work offers a fresh take on queer theory - one rooted in phenomenology rather than poststructuralism - that seeks to put postnormative thinking at its center. It offers a glimpse of what 'thinking queer' can look like in our 'posthumanist age'.

The Non Identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People

“Whose Problem is Non-Identity?” The Journal of Moral Philosophy. Wolf, Clark. 2009. “Do Future Persons Presently Have Alternate Possible Identities?” In Melinda A. Roberts and David T. Wasserman, eds., Harming Future Persons: Ethics, ...

Author: David Boonin

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191505485

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

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David Boonin presents a new account of the non-identity problem: a puzzle about our obligations to people who do not yet exist. Our actions sometimes have an effect not only on the quality of life that people will enjoy in the future, but on which particular people will exist in the future to enjoy it. In cases where this is so, the combination of certain assumptions that most people seem to accept can yield conclusions that most people seem to reject. The non-identity problem has important implications both for ethical theory and for a number of topics in applied ethics, including controversial issues in bioethics, environmental ethics and disability ethics. It has been the subject of a great deal of discussion for nearly four decades, but this is the first book-length study devoted exclusively to its examination. Boonin begins by explaining what the problem is, why the problem matters, and what criteria a solution to the problem must satisfy in order to count as a successful one. He then provides a critical survey of the solutions to the problem that have thus far been proposed in the sizeable literature that the problem has generated and concludes by developing and defending an unorthodox alternative solution, one that differs fundamentally from virtually every other available approach.

Identity Character and Morality

"Many philosophers believe that normative ethics is in principle independent of psychology. By contrast, the authors of these essays explore the interconnections between psychology and moral theory.

Author: Owen J. Flanagan

Publisher: MIT Press (MA)

ISBN: 0262061155

Category: Psychology

Page: 487

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Many philosophers believe that normative ethics is in principle independent of psychology. By contrast, the authors of these essays explore the interconnections between psychology and moral theory. They investigate the psychological constraints on realizable ethical ideals and articulate the psychological assumptions behind traditional ethics, and they examine the ways in which, morality is affected by the basic architecture of the mind, core emotions, patterns of individual development, social psychology, and the limits on human capacities for rational deliberation.