Individual And Social Identity Analysis

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The Individual and Social Identity I summarize the above-mentioned analysis by adding a reason to the ontological identity of the individual(s). Ontologically, first of all, identity is individual. But my identity implies: my consciousness and the consciousness of the Other. In the European history of philosophy, this sounds as: “It’s me”: it’s I who sees the world: I feel myself, I cogito (I have ideas)”. The conclusion of this first person point of view is that the world would be the result of the intentionality of my consciousness. How could my consciousness of my existence be explained? (And this means – of my essence, namely my uniqueness. I understand my essence only after/through my feeling of my existence. This approach belongs to the…show more content…
16 See Spinoza, Prop. IX, Prop. XI, Prop. XXXIX, Prop. LIII. ESPRIT DE CORPS: OLD AND NEW VALUES OF A SIGNIFICANT SOCIAL IDENTITY 85 language – but also the contents: the values, reasoning, prejudices, idealizations, desires and intentions of the Others. And, as in front of every instrument, I use them, according to my judgment (which, however, uses social values): but it’s me who decide. Even the clash between my conatus and the representations of my identity from the exterior – as well as the identity of the categories I belong to – is relational, historical and contextual. On the other hand, the feeling of disquiet generated by my look at the world (from the deep sea diving suit of my being) is only a halffeeling I have. The other is the belonging to: since the first sentiment of the human/child is trust (Løgstrup 1956), this generates the ontological constant feeling of the human individual (its appurtenance to the human community). Modernity and the Fashion of Identities The explosive emergence of the Renaissance individual (Burkhardt 1878, 70-77) has preceded the modern development of individualistic ideology. Indeed, the new ideology sought for new reasons of the social establishment: these reasons were the permanent, the stable – or
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