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Enigmas of Identity

Peter Brooks


“We know that it matters crucially to be able to say who we are, why we are here, and where we are going,” this book claims. Many of us are also uncomfortably aware that we cannot provide a convincing account of our identity to others or even ourselves. Despite, or because of that failure, we keep searching for identity, making it up, trying to authenticate it, and inventing excuses for our unpersuasive stories about it. This wide-ranging book draws on literature, law, and psychoanalysis to examine important aspects of the emergence of identity as a peculiarly modern preoccupation. In particul ... More

Keywords: personal identity, individualism, selfhood, modern culture, life stories, psychoanalysis, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151588
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151588.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Brooks, author
Princeton University