Puzzling Identities

2016.06.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Vincent Descombes, Puzzling Identities, Stephen Adam Schwartz (tr.), Harvard University Press, 2016, 211pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.06.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Vincent Descombes, Puzzling Identities, Stephen Adam Schwartz (tr.), Harvard University Press, 2016, 211pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674732148. Reviewed by Franz Knappik, University of Bergen In his new book, the prominent French philosopher Vincent Descombes explores the notion of identity as it has come to be employed in connection with psychological, moral and social phenomena — for instance, in the context of the “identity crises” of adolescents, of “identity politics” and “identitarian” movements, but also in travel guides that praise how much a neighbourhood has preserved its identity (4f.). The leading question is whether the use of the term “identity” in such contexts can be clarified on the basis of what Descombes dubs the “elementary” sense of “identity”: a sense which says that “there is only a single selfsame. . .

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