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The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity Kindle Edition
We often think identity is personal. But the identities that shape the world, our struggles, and our hopes, are social ones, shared with countless others. Our sense of self is shaped by our family, but also by affiliations that spread out from there, like our nationality, culture, class, race and religion.
Taking these broad categories as a starting point, Professor Appiah challenges our assumptions about how identity works. In eloquent and lively chapters, he weaves personal anecdote with historical, cultural and literary example to explore the entanglements within the stories we tell ourselves. We all know there are conflicts among identities; but Professor Appiah explores how identities are created by conflict.
Identities are then crafted from confusions - confusions this book aims to help us sort through. Religion, Appiah shows us, isn't primarily about beliefs. The idea of national self-determination is incoherent. Our everyday racial thinking is an artefact of discarded science. Class is not a matter of upper and lower. And the very idea of Western culture is a misleading myth. We will see our situation more clearly if we start to question these mistaken identities. This is radical new thinking from a master in the subject and will change forever the way we think about ourselves and our communities.
"Appiah believes we're in wars of identity because we keep making the same mistake: exaggerating our differences with others and our similarities with our own kind...We need more thinkers as wise as Appiah."-- "New York Times Book Review (cover review)"
"Excellent...Appiah hopes to inspire a rethinking of our restrictive and therefore divisive notions of who we are."-- "Washington Post"
"In this clear-eyed, erudite study, the NYU professor and New York Times columnist--half Ghanaian, half British--probes chimeras of religion, ethnicity, and class, coalescing a lifetime of contemplating 'identity' into a manifesto on connection and solidarity."-- "O, The Oprah Magazine" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Kwame Anthony Appiah pens the Ethicist column for the New York Times, and is the author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism, among many other works. A professor of philosophy and law at New York University, Appiah lives in New York.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B074V6N19Z
- Publisher : Profile Books; Main edition (6 September 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1145 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 243,723 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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