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

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Penguin Books, 2003 - Počet stran: 164
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 tranformed into butchers and fanatics, passing themselves off as defender 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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IN THE NAME OF IDENTITY: Violence and the Need to Belong

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The latest attempt to explain the propensity of civilized nations to repeatedly engage in the massacre of their neighbors, a practice alternately known as genocide, race riots, ethnic cleansing, and ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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A slowly, surely built essay on one of the most important issues of our time: the way identity has given rise to the kinds of violence that lead to war and division. This prescient pre-September 11th book deserves a wide audience. Přečíst celou recenzi

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Amin Maalouf is an eminent novelist, whose books include The Rock of Tanios, which won the 1993 Goncourt Prize, France's most prestigious literary award. He was formerly director of the leading Beirut newspaper an-Nahar and editor of Jeune Afrique.

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