In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong

In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong by Amin Maalouf 1559705930 9781559705936
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In the Name of Identity is as close to summer reading as philosophy gets. It is a personal, sometimes even intimate, account of identity-in-the-world, not a treatise on the thorny metaphysics of identity. A novelist by trade, Amin Maalouf is a fluid writer, and he is aided by Barbara Brays award-winning translation. His aim is to illuminate the roots of violence and hatred, which he sees in tribalistic forms of identity. He argues that our convictions and notions of identity--whether cultural, religious, national, or ethnic--are socially habituated and frequently dangerous. Wed give them up, he argues, if we thought more closely about them.Though the book has been heralded as radical and surprising, Maalouf essentially espouses an Enlightenment sensibility, a faith in the brotherhood of man. He is a believer in progress, arguing that the wind of globalisation, while it could lead us to disaster, could also lead us to success. In fact, he envisions a globalized world in which our local identities are subordinated to a broader allegiance to the human community itself. Maalouf wants us to retain our distinctiveness, but he wants it subsumed under the nave of common understanding. --Eric de Place

Author: Amin Maalouf

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 164

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

Publication Date: 2001-09-14


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