Who are you?

Who are you?

– the question of identity is old & a much-contested one
– is it based in community, a culture, a race, or is it something singular, located somewhere deep within?
– or is it something constructed?
– or do we have a unique identity & a common identity we share with others in a group?
– are you the same person you were as a child? Or have you changed over time, but are you essentially the same person?
– David Hume: looked for “the self” within himself, & all he could find were these range of qualities based on conscious experiences
– note also: we have this idea of “telling our own story” as well as being the author/shaper of our own story
– personhood is about other people – we are not alone as individuals – being a person means being one among others – as we develop, we become more self-aware & aware of others around you:
– the triangular idea of me, you/others, the world
– our sense of ourselves is tied up/linked with our sense of others
– he believes identity politics is problematic because it is restrictive/exclusive & often involves only talking to those who agree with you [polarisation]
– we read each other’s mind via language & it is argue language is incredibly important to our personhood
– thinking is also an internal dialogue-ical process – based on others also (Vygotsky)
– thought informs talk (& involves listening) which informs further thought
– dialogue is driven by something that puzzles us – it also has to follow a logical structure
– a person needs to also know they may be mistaken (intellectual humility) & children – if they are socially successful learn this at a young age

Source: ABCRN TPZ | podcast: 29 April 2018


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