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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 2007, 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 2004.
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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  1. On Truthful Narrative-Identity and a Development Model for Nigeria.Anthony C. Ajah - 2014 - Open Journal of Philosophy 4 (4):531-540.
  2. Narrative Anachronies In.. 201 Narrative Anachronies in Adam Bede and the Mill on the Floss.Daniel René Akendengue - 2002 - Humanitas 1:201.
  3. Narrative Identity and the Mythico-Poetic Imagination.Pamela Anderson - 1993 - In David E. Klemm & William Schweiker (eds.), Meanings in Texts and Actions: Questioning Paul Ricoeur. University Press of Virginia. pp. 195--204.
  4. Narrative Identity and Moral Identity: A Practical Perspective.Kim Atkins - 2010 - Routledge.
    This book is part of the growing field of practical approaches to philosophical questions relating to identity, agency and ethics--approaches which work across continental and analytical traditions and which Atkins justifies through an explication of how the structures of human embodiment necessitate a narrative model of selfhood, understanding, and ethics.
  5. Narrative Symposium: Personal Narratives Experiences of Psychiatric Hospitalization.V. Barnard, J. Carson, Eugene Doe, Robin Driben, Anonymous One, Anonymous Two, Charles Kelley, Michael Kerins, D. Millman, Anonymous Three, Viesia Novosielski, Ben Zion & Anonymous Four - 2011 - Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 1 (1):8-10.
  6. The Social Nature of Individual Self-Identity: Akan and Narrative Conceptions of Personhood.Corey L. Barnes - unknown
    Marya Schechtman has given us reasons to think that there are different questions that compose personal identity. On the one hand, there is the question of reidentification, which concerns what makes a person the same person through different time-slices. On the other hand, there is the question of characterization, which concerns the actions, experiences, beliefs, values, desires, character traits, etc. that we take to be attributable to a person over time. While leaving the former question for another work, Schechtman answers (...)
  7. Narrative Aversion: Challenges for the Illness Narrative Advocate.Kathy Behrendt - 2017 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 42 (1):50-69.
    Engaging in self-narrative is often touted as a powerful antidote to the bad effects of illness. However, there are various examples of what may broadly be termed “aversion” to illness narrative. I group these into three kinds: aversion to certain types of illness narrative; aversion to illness narrative as a whole; and aversion to illness narrative as an essentially therapeutic endeavor. These aversions can throw into doubt the advantages claimed for the illness narrator, including the key benefits of repair to (...)
  8. Identity Pragmatics: Narrative/Identity/Ethics 41.Shape Bible - 2010 - In Eleanor Milligan & Emma Woodley (eds.), Confessions: Confounding Narrative and Ethics. Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 41.
  9. Toward a Theory of Narrative Unsettlement: The Ladino Account of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda.Anna Brickhouse - 2010 - Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 40 (1):35-62.
  10. 2. Kant and Narrative Theory.Claudia J. Brodsky - 1987 - In The Imposition of Form: Studies in Narrative Representation and Knowledge. Princeton University Press. pp. 21-87.
  11. One Man's Life a Personal Narrative.W. J. Brown - 1962 - Epworth Press.
  12. Life as Narrative., 11-32.J. Bruner - 1987 - Social Research 54 (1).
  13. Contrasting Differences in Identity and Agency Between Narrative and Autopoietic Systems.Nico Buitendag - 2013 - Hts Theological Studies 69 (1):01-09.
  14. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah, Ed. By I. Burton. Memorial Ed.Richard Francis Burton - 1893
  15. Narratives of Security: Strategy and Identity in the European Context.F. Ciută - unknown
    This paper discusses the complex and not always obvious epistemological choices necessitated by the use of narrative. It argues that the central contribution of narrative to IR is to enrich our understanding of the relationship between structures of meaning and logics of action. Narratives are vehicles of sedimented but immanently transformative logics of action, which constitute coherent and intelligible contexts of interaction. Narrative contextualism shares its hermeneutical concerns with other analytical perspectives in IR, and offers an ethnomethodologically inclined epistemological compass (...)
  16. Neocybernetics and Narrative.Bruce Clarke - 2014 - Univ of Minnesota Press.
    _Neocybernetics and Narrative_ opens a new chapter in Bruce Clarke’s project of rethinking narrative and media through systems theory. Reconceiving interrelations among subjects, media, significations, and the social, this study demonstrates second-order systems theory’s potential to provide fresh insights into the familiar topics of media studies and narrative theory. A pioneer of systems narratology, Clarke offers readers a synthesis of the neocybernetic theories of cognition formulated by biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, incubated by cyberneticist Heinz von Foerster, and cultivated (...)
  17. Ruthellen Josselson (Ed.), Ethics and Process in the Narrative Study of Lives.J. L. Cullen - 1998 - Teaching Business Ethics 1:341-344.
  18. Ethics and Process in the Narrative Study of Lives, Ruthellen Josselson (Ed.).Joy L. Cullen - 1997 - Teaching Business Ethics 1 (3):341-344.
  19. Narrative Identity, Autonomy, and Mortality: From Frankfurt and Macintyre to Kierkegaard.John J. Davenport - 2011 - Routledge.
    In the last two decades, interest in narrative conceptions of identity has grown exponentially, though there is little agreement about what a "life-narrative" might be. In connecting Kierkegaard with virtue ethics, several scholars have recently argued that narrative models of selves and MacIntyre's concept of the unity of a life help make sense of Kierkegaard's existential stages and, in particular, explain the transition from "aesthetic" to "ethical" modes of life. But others have recently raised difficult questions both for these readings (...)
  20. Evidentiality and Narrative.Jill de Villiers & Jay Garfield - 2009 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 16 (6-8):6-8.
    In this paper we argue that the phenomenon of evidentiality, the grammatical marking in some languages of the source of one's knowledge, gives us a revealing window into the developmental processes in middle childhood that subserve the achievement of narrative competence. First, we argue that the mastery of evidentiality is connected to the development of an understanding of inference, and of the ability to mobilize this understanding in the construction of human narratives. Second, we examine the role that parent-child discourse (...)
  21. Capturing Gaddafi: Narrative as System Currency.Diane Derr - 2014 - Technoetic Arts 12 (2):365-373.
  22. Understanding Narrative Interest: Some Evidence on the Role of Unexpectedness.Adrian Dimulescu & Jean-Louis Dessalles - 2009 - In N. A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
  23. Cultural Identity as Narrative and Performance.Louise Du Toit - 1997 - South African Journal of Philosophy 16 (3):85-93.
  24. L'identité narrative mise à l'épreuve de la retraite : une analyse de récits biographiques.Hélène Eraly - 2013 - Temporalités 17.
    Le passage à la retraite bouleverse les individus dans leur temporalité vécue aussi bien que dans leur temporalité narrative. Le récit de la retraite prend la forme d’une épreuve qu’il faut traverser et dépasser. Pour y parvenir, les individus puisent dans des schémas narratifs typiques de notre modernité, en particulier la rhétorique du choix, de la responsabilité et de la réalisation personnelle. Quelle forme prend le récit de l’épreuve de la retraite ? Quelles ressources réflexives sont-elles mobilisées ? Et en (...)
  25. Detailed Completeness and Pleasure of the Narrative. Some Remarks on the Narrative Tradition and Plato.Michael Erler - 2015 - In Gabriele Cornelli (ed.), Plato's Styles and Characters: Between Literature and Philosophy. De Gruyter. pp. 103-118.
  26. Narrative Identity and Personal Responsibility.Linda Ethell - 2010 - Lexington Books.
    The exploration of personal identity and theories of narrative in Narrative Identity and Personal Responsibility is extraordinarily suggestive, resulting in implications for theories of action as well as ethics and psychology. Taking seriously the thought that we mediate our relations with the world by means of self-defining narratives grounded in the natural phenomenon of desire provides new answers to old puzzles of what it means to be human.
  27. 12 Storied Persons: The Double Triad of Narrative Identity.Mark Freeman - 2012 - In Jack Martin & Mark H. Bickhard (eds.), The Psychology of Personhood: Philosophical, Historical, Social-Developmental and Narrative Perspectives. Cambridge University Press. pp. 223.
  28. The European Mind: Narrative and Identity.Henry Frendo (ed.) - 2010
  29. Whose Justice, Which Narrative*?Chris Gardiner - 2001 - Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics 3 (2).
  30. His Controversial Materials: Philip Pullman and Religious Narrative Identity.Jessica Garrahy - 2009 - Literature & Aesthetics 19 (2):105-122.
  31. Narrative, Moral Identity, and Historical Consciousness.Kenneth J. Gergen - 2005 - In Jürgen Straub (ed.), Narration, Identity, and Historical Consciousness. Berghan Books. pp. 3--99.
  32. Some Reflections on Narrative Thought.Sergio Givone - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):75-88.
    The author reexamines a number of foundational episodes in the history of western thought through the prism of the notion of “identity philosophy,” a category that includes both parmenidean metaphysics, predicated on the assumption of a transparent relationship between reality and logos, to the exclusion of the irrational and the nothing from the number of thinkable realities, and a Wittgenstein-influenced philosophy of language implying that nothing can be said unless it has previously been fitted to the mathematical form of linguistic (...)
  33. "We Were Through as Keepers of It": The "Missing Pipe Narrative" and Gros Ventre Cultural Identity.Joseph P. Gone - 1999 - Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 27 (4):415-440.
  34. The Self and Transcendence of Emotion.Gough A. Martin - unknown
    I explore issues surrounding the identity of persons arising out of a certain education-related biographical research programme. Particular research projects of the programme include in-depth biographical interviews with probing for how the interviewee would describe themselves and would describe their identity, allowing them to make their own links in the context of their whole life and the learning experiences within it. The interviews enquire about different points in the "lifecourse" of the interviewee and it is interesting to see how much (...)
  35. Harry G. Frankfurt, Catturati dall'amore (Reggio Emilia: Diabasis, 2009). [REVIEW]Lorenzo Greco - 2010 - Rivista di Filosofia 101 (2):298-99.
  36. L'io morale: David Hume e l'etica contemporanea.Lorenzo Greco - 2008 - Liguori Editore.
  37. Charles Larmore, Pratiche dell'io (Roma: Meltemi, 2006). [REVIEW]Lorenzo Greco - 2007 - Rivista di Filosofia 98 (1):132-33.
  38. Antonio pavan (ed.), Dire persona. Luoghi critici e saggi di applicazione di un'idea (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2003). [REVIEW]Lorenzo Greco - 2004 - Rivista di Filosofia 95 (3):529-30.
  39. Creating Creative Identity.Fran Hagstrom - 2005 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 24 (4):19-28.
    The construction of creative identity from a Vygotskian perspective is explored in this paper. A theoretical link is made between Vygotsky’s claims about the development of creativity and Penuet and Wertsch’s use of Vygotskian theory to address identity formation. Narrative is suggested as the link between culturally organized activities, mediated mental functioning, and the storied self. Data from semi-structured interviews about creativity conducted with a second grade child and his parents illustrate how discourses from home and school come together during (...)
  40. Moral Identity: Where Identity Formation and Moral Development Converge.S. A. Hardy & G. Carlo - 2011 - In Seth J. Schwartz, Koen Luyckx & Vivian L. Vignoles (eds.), Handbook of Identity Theory and Research. Springer Science+Business Media.
  41. Identity and the Narrative Structure of Life.Herselman Hattingh & Pieter Van Veuren - 1995 - South African Journal of Philosophy 14 (2):60-71.
  42. Person Sein Und Geschichten Erzählenbeing a Person and Telling a Story: Personal Autonomy, Biographical Knowledge and Narrative Reasons: Eine Studie Über Personale Autonomie Und Narrative Gründe.Tim Henning - unknown
  43. Intermedial Narrative: Ekphrasis and Perspectival Montage, or Sorting Out the Gaze of Narrative Agents.Silke Horstkotte & Karin Leonhard - 2007 - In Karin Leonhard & Silke Horstkotte (eds.), Seeing Perception. Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 166--96.
  44. Narrative.Kathryn Montgomery Hunter - 1995 - Encyclopedia of Bioethics 4:1791.
  45. Narrative and Understanding Persons.Daniel D. Hutto - 2007 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 60:1-16.
    The human world is replete with narratives – narratives of our making that are uniquely appreciated by us. Some thinkers have afforded special importance to our capacity to generate such narratives, seeing it as variously enabling us to: exercise our imaginations in unique ways; engender an understanding of actions performed for reasons; and provide a basis for the kind of reflection and evaluation that matters vitally to moral and self development. Perhaps most radically, some hold that narratives are essential for (...)
  46. Narrative Act: The Path to Organizational Transformation.Laurie Elizabeth Julian - 1997 - Dissertation, University of San Francisco
    This research explores how narrative act creates the path to organizational transformation. Narrative act is defined as entering into the stories of self, other, and the organization in order to recover the past and create the future. Transformation is defined as a fundamental change in condition and an increase in capacity; a movement from one of being to another. The articulation of a path to organizational transformation based in narrative is this work's distinct contribution to learning. The research develops six (...)
  47. One Woman's Way: A Self-Reflexive Narrative.Sharon Kehoe - 1997 - Dissertation, California Institute of Integral Studies
    This dissertation is a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary study using the juxtapositions of East to West, ancient to contemporary, and masculine to feminine, for the purpose of showing embodied movement toward wisdom. It aims to show the translation of a philosophy of transformative learning into praxis through reflection and the creative process of narrative. Put more simply, it explores the relationship of stories within and as mirrors of themselves. It makes use of the disciplines of religion and philosophy, education, feminist thought, (...)
  48. In Search of a Narrative.Matthew Kieran - 2003 - In Matthew Kieran & Dominic Lopes (eds.), Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts. Routledge. pp. 69--87.
  49. Architecture and Sexual Identity: Jeanne de Jussie's Narrative of the Reformation of Geneva.Carrie Klaus - 2003 - Feminist Studies 29:279-297.
  50. Self-Reflection and Life-Narratives in Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities.Olav Krämer - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):109-125.
    The role of narrativity in the constitution of personal identity, a widely discussed topic in recent philosophy, is also an important issue in Robert Musil’s novel “The Man without Qualities.” Apart from a theoretical passage, where the coherence established by life-narratives is explicitly rejected as an illusion, the novel displays various instances of reflection in which characters seek to articulate their identity by narrating parts of their lives. Not all of these self-narratives are presented as flawed; rather, by highlighting the (...)
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