Identity as Reasoned Choice: A South Asian Perspective on The Reach and Resources of Public and Practical Reason in Shaping Individual Identities
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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The Reach and Resources of Reason
PART I PUBLIC REASON PROMOTED
1 An Ideal of Public Reason
2 Ancient Indian Logic As a Theory of CaseBased Reasoning
A Theory fromthe Time of Aśoka
The Priority of the Particular
PART II PRACTICAL REASON RESOURCED
5 The Critic Within
FOUND OR FASHIONED?
10 On the Formation of Self
11 Problems of Self and Identity
12 Identity and Illusions about the Self
13 What You Are You Do Not See What You See Is Your Shadow
PART V IDENTITY AND THE MODERN INTELLECTUAL
14 Interpreting Intellectual India
15 An Exemplary Indian Intellectual
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