Identity as Reasoned Choice: A South Asian Perspective on The Reach and Resources of Public and Practical Reason in Shaping Individual Identities

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A&C Black, Jan 12, 2012 - Political Science - 256 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The Reach and Resources of Reason
1
PART I PUBLIC REASON PROMOTED
17
1 An Ideal of Public Reason
19
2 Ancient Indian Logic As a Theory of CaseBased Reasoning
30
A Theory fromthe Time of Aśoka
40
The Priority of the Particular
49
PART II PRACTICAL REASON RESOURCED
67
5 The Critic Within
69
FOUND OR FASHIONED?
131
10 On the Formation of Self
133
11 Problems of Self and Identity
151
12 Identity and Illusions about the Self
163
13 What You Are You Do Not See What You See Is Your Shadow
173
PART V IDENTITY AND THE MODERN INTELLECTUAL
187
14 Interpreting Intellectual India
189
15 An Exemplary Indian Intellectual
201

6 Adapt and Substitute
79
7 Model Humans and Moral Instincts
90
PART III DISSENT
101
8 Implied Voices of Dissent
103
9 Can One Seek to Answer Any Question? Śrīharsa
118
16 India and the Shaping of Global Intellectual Culture
213
Concluding Summary
225
Bibliography
228
Index
235
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Jonardon Ganeri is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussex, UK. His research draws upon analytical, Indian and European traditions of philosophical thought. He has published four books, including The Lost Age of Reason: Philosophy in Early Modern India 1450-1700 (Clarendon Press, 2010). He was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, and a research fellow at King's College London and at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

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