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(The Ethics of Identity.pdf) 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 br br i The Ethics of Identity i 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 br br 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 i who i we are has always been linked to the question i what i we are br br Adopting a broadly interdisciplinary perspective Appiah takes aim at the cliches 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 humanDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming The Ethics of Identity books for multiple devices.