|Summary||For some, the problem of personal identity is a practical, not a metaphysical, problem. Most generally, it is viewed as a problem of agency: what unifies our actions and experiences--both at a time and across time--as our own, and so what unifies us as the agents that we are? What most theorists have pursued is an answer that makes reference to narrative identity, according to which we are unified via the stories we tell about ourselves. But there are other features of us independent of our self-construals that provide constraints on our movements in the world, namely, those features taken to be of societal importance, including race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and so on. These are the features of our social identity.|
|Key works||Many have found seeds of talk of attribution and practical identity in Frankfurt 1971. Later works on practical identity include MacIntyre 1983, Korsgaard 1989, Taylor 1989, Schechtman 1996, and Paul Ricoeur, "Narrative Identity," in D. Wood, On Paul Ricoeur: Narrative and Interpretation (London: Routledge, 1991) . For important discussions on social identity, see Appiah 1990, and Amy Gutmann, ed., Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994). For an important critique of narrative identity, see Strawson ms.|
|Introductions||Encyclopedia entries discussing narrative identity include Dauenhauer 2008 and Shoemaker 2008. Encyclopedia entries discussing aspects of social identity include Heyes 2008 and Mikkola 2008. An introductory collection of essays on practical identity and narrative agency is Atkins & Mackenzie 2008.|
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