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Cultural Identity and Political Ethics

Paul Gilbert


This book is a reflection upon a contemporary world in which people's identities are increasingly invoked in support of political claims which often lead to acrimony and violence. It asks what cultural identity is and questions its political significance. Tracing the idea back to Herder and the now discredited notion of national character, the book argues that collective cultural identity is not a deep feature of individual psychology, as it is taken to be by Isaiah Berlin, Charles Taylor and others; nor, indeed, is it a uniform phenomenon. Instead, the book claims, various distinct types of c ... More

Keywords: Berlin, Culture, Herder, Identity, Ireland, Islam, National character, Political claim, Taylor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748623877
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Gilbert, author