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In the name of identity : violence and the need to belong

Author: Amin Maalouf
Publisher: New York : Arcade : Distributed by Time Warner Trade, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st North American edView all editions and formats
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The notion of identity -- personal, religious, ethnic, or national -- has given rise to heated passions and crimes throughout history. What makes each one of us unique has been a fundamental question of philosophy from Socrates to Freud. This book argues that the concept of identity that prevails the world over is still very much tribal. It allows men of all countries, conditions, and faiths to be transformed into  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amin Maalouf
ISBN: 1559705930 9781559705936
OCLC Number: 46937451
Description: 164 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Identités meurtrières.
Identity
Responsibility: Amin Maalouf ; translated from the French by Barbara Bray.

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The notion of identity -- personal, religious, ethnic, or national -- has given rise to heated passions and crimes throughout history. What makes each one of us unique has been a fundamental question of philosophy from Socrates to Freud. This book argues that the concept of identity that prevails the world over is still very much tribal. It allows men of all countries, conditions, and faiths to be transformed into butchers and fanatics, passing themselves off as defenders of a given identity. Maalouf contends that many of us would reject our inherited conceptions of identity, which we cling to through habit, if only we examined them more closely. The future of society depends on accepting -- while recognizing our uniqueness -- all identities.

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