Identity



The New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Origins Of Political Order Offers A Provocative Examination Of Modern Identity Politics Its Origins, Its Effects, And What It Means For Domestic And International Affairs Of StateIn 2014, Francis Fukuyama Wrote That American Institutions Were In Decay, As The State Was Progressively Captured By Powerful Interest Groups Two Years Later, His Predictions Were Borne Out By The Rise To Power Of A Series Of Political Outsiders Whose Economic Nationalism And Authoritarian Tendencies Threatened To Destabilize The Entire International Order These Populist Nationalists Seek Direct Charismatic Connection To The People, Who Are Usually Defined In Narrow Identity Terms That Offer An Irresistible Call To An In Group And Exclude Large Parts Of The Population As A Whole.Demand For Recognition Of One S Identity Is A Master Concept That Unifies Much Of What Is Going On In World Politics Today The Universal Recognition On Which Liberal Democracy Is Based Has Been Increasingly Challenged By Narrower Forms Of Recognition Based On Nation, Religion, Sect, Race, Ethnicity, Or Gender, Which Have Resulted In Anti Immigrant Populism, The Upsurge Of Politicized Islam, The Fractious Identity Liberalism Of College Campuses, And The Emergence Of White Nationalism Populist Nationalism, Said To Be Rooted In Economic Motivation, Actually Springs From The Demand For Recognition And Therefore Cannot Simply Be Satisfied By Economic Means The Demand For Identity Cannot Be Transcended We Must Begin To Shape Identity In A Way That Supports Rather Than Undermines Democracy Identity Is An Urgent And Necessary Book A Sharp Warning That Unless We Forge A Universal Understanding Of Human Dignity, We Will Doom Ourselves To Continuing Conflict.Identity

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Identity
  • Francis Fukuyama
  • 15 June 2018
  • 0374129290

10 thoughts on “Identity

  1. says:

    5 stars for the first half, 3 stars for the solution and a big 0 for a few chapters toward the end The book begins with a brisk walk thru Western civilization as it went from village life to industrial life and from Catholicism thru Reformation and then Nietzsche So far so good The thesis is that people started measuring themselves by their inner lives as opposed to their kin and vil...

  2. says:

    This is required reading, because with this book, Fukuyama is clearly on to something At the core, he discusses how we can overcome political polarization and strenghten our democratic systems In order to grasp the underlying current that drives today s discussions and gave rise to TrumpismWith regard to character, it was hard to ...

  3. says:

    The modern concept of identity unites three different phenomena The first is thymos, a universal aspect of human personality that craves recognition The second is the distinction between the inner and the outer self, and the raising of the moral valuation of the inner self over outer society This emerged only in early modern Europe The third is an evolving concept of dignity, in which recognition is due not just to a narrow class of people, but to everyone The broadening and universalizatiThe modern concept of identity unites three different phenomena The first is thymos, a universal aspect of human personality that craves recognition The second is the distinction between the inner and the outer self, and the raising of the moral valuation of the inner self over outer society This emerged only in early modern Europe The third is an evolving concept of dignity, in which recognition is due not just to a narrow class of people, but to everyone The broadening and universalization of dignity turns the private quest for self into a political project Referencing Socrates, Rousseau, Luther, Kant, Hegel, et al, Francis Fukuyama begins Identity with an overview of historical thought regarding identity, dignity, and the surprisingly late in human evolution notion that we were all created equal This notion quickly led to the rise of liberal democracies, and with the end of the Cold War in the 1980s, Fukuyama himself declared that we had reache...

  4. says:

    Let me cut to the quick, there are three reasons why I felt this book was inadequate 1 there was little new in it, 2 the author wrongly argues both sides are to blame by appealing to false dichotomies and false framing and 3 his solutions provided would only exasperate the real problem and not make it better.For item 1 , every author should assume that a reader of their book is interested in the topic and wants to learnabout the topic and is obligated to provide the reader something th Let me cut to the quick, there are three reasons why I felt this book was inadequate 1 there was little new in it, 2 the author wrongly argues both sides are to blame by appealing to false dichotomies and false framing and 3 his solutions provided would only exasperate the real problem and not make it better.For item 1 , every author should assume that a reader of their book is interested in the topic and wants to learnabout the topic and is obligated to provide the reader something they don t already know In the first third of the book, the author breaks no new ground for those familiar with Charles Taylor s Sources of the Self , Plato s Republic , and for those who have liste...

  5. says:

    3.5After hearing about the book on NPR my husband suggested I read Identity The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment by Frances Fukuyama One thing I appreciated about this book is how the author presents his arguments, explains them, and before he moves on restates his case to that point It really makes it easier for the general reader because this is a theoretical book The author begins with a brief history of the development of identity, from the ancient Greeks through the Ref 3.5After hearing about the book on NPR my husband suggested I read Identity The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment by Frances Fukuyama One thing I appreciated about this book i...

  6. says:

    Fukuyama s latest book is a relatively brief, extended essay form work, that focuses on the history of identity at the personal level and how it is reflected in larger social and political movements This is obviously a very timely subject on which to be writing as it seems everyone has an opinion on this concept and a series of articles and videos of their favorite speakers either railing against the very idea or explaining how all of their opposition just don t understand why someone would fee Fukuyama s latest book is a relatively brief, extended essay form work, that focuses on the history of identity at the personal level and how it is reflected in larger social and political movements This is obviously a very timely subject on which to be writing as it seems everyone has an opinion on this concept and a series of articles and videos of their favorite speakers either railing against the ver...

  7. says:

    Every individual has an impulse to be respected and recognized, says Francis Fukuyama Recognition is a deeply rooted human desire it has been the cause of tyranny, conflicts, and wars, but at the same time, it also acts as a psychological foundation of many virtues, such as courage, justice and the spirit of citizenship.This struggle for recognition, or what today we call identity politics, has become hugely important in the contemporary political discourse Identity grows, writes Fukuyama, o Every individual has an impulse to be respected and recognized, says Francis Fukuyama Recognition is a deeply rooted human desire it has been the cause of tyranny, conflicts, and wars, but at the same time, it also acts as a psychological foundation of many virtues, such as courage, justice and the spirit of citizenship.This struggle for recognition, or what today we call identity politics, has become hugely important in the contemporary political discourse Identity grows, writes Fukuyama, out of a distinction between one s true inner self, and the outer world of social rules and norms that does not adequately recognize that inner self s worth Say I am a woman, or an African American, or a lesbian, or some other category, a person that I have been disrespected and marginalized by my society in the past and what I am now asking is re...

  8. says:

    I keep telling myself not to read books by privileged rich men about the problems of our world, then I do exactly that I regret it There are interesting concepts here, some are somewhat useful in the debate on identity and some just drown in Fukuyama s desire to justify himself Let me elaborate There is a point where he goes on about how people misread his controversial and much criticised The End of History and the Last Man, he is telling us how he was not wrong in saying that liberal democr I keep telling myself not to read books by privileged rich men about the problems of our world, then I do exactly that I regret it There are interesting concepts here, some are somewhat useful in the debate on identity and some just drown in Fukuyama s desire to justify himself Let me elaborate There is a point where he goes on about how people misread his controversial and much criticised The End of History and the Last Man, he is telling us how he was not wrong in saying that liberal democracy has won after the end of the Cold War and how we all should have finished reading the book and accepted its wisdom Then tells us about all the things that the said book hasn t predicted.That aside, some of the concepts that I find useful include the use of Thumos Greek meaning spiritedness or, as used here, the human desire for recognition and bran...

  9. says:

    Fascinating and deep stuff an analysis of everything behind the curtain Fukuyama show how everything hinges together dependencies, relationships, prerequisites, hierarchies, dynamics to produce the world we live in He doesn t cherry pick the data Nobody is immune It s all there the good, bad and the ugly At any moment, this is the outcome we get The one we have to live with The one we need to adapt to The cards you get to play Like it or notwhat it is.And from where I sit Fascinating and deep stuff an analysis of everything behind the curtain Fukuyama show how everything hinges together dependencies, relationships, prerequisites, hierarchies, dynamics to produce the world we live in He doesn t cherry pick the data Nobody is immune It s all there the good, bad and the ugly At any moment, this is the outcome we get The one we have to live with The one we need to adapt to The cards you get to play Like it or notwhat it is.And from where I sit, it looks pretty grim, no matter what yo...

  10. says:

    Identifying is innateFrancis Fukuyama Identity starts off very badly, with a bizarre defense of his famous claim that the crumbling of the USSR and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall constituted the end of history Like a Donald Trump who getscriticism than everyone else in the book combined , he doubles down on the statement by claiming what it says is nothing like what he meant He claims to have used a completely different meaning for the word end as in target or objective S Identifying is innateFrancis Fukuyama Identity starts off very badly, with a bizarre defense of his famous claim that the crumbling of the USSR and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall constituted the end of history Like a Donald Trump who getscriticism than everyone else in the book combined , he doubles down on the statement by claiming what it says is nothing like what he meant He claims to have used a completely different meaning for the word end as in target or objective Similarly, history is actually a word from Hegelian Marxist terminology meaning development or modernization Finally, the original us...

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