Identity Politics in India and Europe combines qualitative methods (20 interviews) with historical and philosophical analysis. The first part of the book discusses the history of perceptions between the Europe of Latin Christianity and the so-called Muslim world, starting from the 7th century onwards. The second part is devoted to a discussion on the emergence of modernity and how it changed the identity politics of earlier times. The third part explores the role that intellectual elites have to play. It comprises interviews of eminent scholars and thinkers in India such as Imtiaz Ahmad and Ashis Nandy. These make for an insightful read, especially as subtle ideological differences surface in their responses to a set of common questions.

The Modern Self

The Modern Self

The modern self

Scientific rationality not only influences the normative basis for the legitimacy of principal and actor but also furnishes the modern cultural reference frame with things to be taken as real. The ontology of the reference frame has evolved to include formerly unknown things like childhood, youth or the self as an object of scientific observation. The acceptance of each of these as natural phenomena has consequences on the normative level, that is, in law and family policies, but also in health care, education, and so on. The self is thought of as being complex, structured, capable of illness, reification or alienation. It is taken as the unmistakable expression of the person, the residue of its authenticity, dignity, conscience and abilities. ...

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