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Being and Identity

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The notion of being is principally related to the here and now, but it is philosophically linked to meanings human beings attach to existence. In other words, the way we behave and act in the world are not by happenstance. We are taught how to be. We are imbued with meanings and interpretations that may not predetermine our lives but certainly affect how we interpret our place and selves in the world. This undeniably influences identities, because our ignorance or awareness of being suggests something ...

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