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Discourse

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

As it relates to questions of identity, discourse is among the most important philosophical considerations of the 20th and 21st centuries. Broadly, discourse is defined linguistically as a set of language units constructed by several sentences; in this sense, conversation, debate, and explanations are all semantic discourses. In contemporary philosophy, however, especially in consideration of identity, discourse has come to mean something weightier. Philosophically, discourse has retained the connotations of reason, order, and rationale from its linguistic lineage, but it has also ...

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