Identity as reasoned choice : a South Asian perspective on the reach and resources of public and practical reason in shaping individual identities

Ganeri, Jonardon (2012) Identity as reasoned choice : a South Asian perspective on the reach and resources of public and practical reason in shaping individual identities. Continuum, New York, NY. ISBN 9781441196576

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Abstract

In an increasingly multi-religious and multi-ethnic world, identity has become something actively chosen rather than merely acquired at birth. This book essentially analyzes the resources available to make such a choice.

Looking into the world of intellectual India, this unique comparative survey focuses on the identity resources offered by India’s traditions of reasoning and public debate. Arguing that identity is a formation of reason, it draws on Indian theory to claim that identities are constructed from exercises of reason as derivation from exemplary cases. The book demonstrates that contemporary debates on global governance and cosmopolitan identities can benefit from these Indian resources, which were developed within an intercultural pluralism context with an emphasis on consensual resolution of conflict.

This groundbreaking work builds on themes developed by Amartya Sen to provide a creative pursuit of Indian reasoning that will appeal to anyone studying politics, philosophy, and Asian political thought.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Jonardon Ganeri
Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 11:04
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2012 12:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20803
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