Kwame Anthony Appiah Analysis

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Kwame Anthony Appiah is an unapologetic liberal individualist. According to him, Importance of a person 's identity is necessary for a good life, and personal identity involves social aspects. He rightly argues: "To value individuality properly just is to acknowledge the dependence of the good for each of us on relationships with others. Without these bonds we could not come to be free selves, not least because we could not come to be selves at all." Appiah accepts the importance of relationships and identities in constituting our individuality and criticizes the schizophrenic obsession with choice that can be found among existentialist thinkers. He defines collective identity as "the collective dimensions of our individual identities" -- and these collective dimensions of our individual identities "are…show more content…
This helps us to make choices and provide platforms which help us focus on particular issues, have solidarity with others who shares our identity. In this manner, social identities can be thought of as pre-existing basic life plans. Individuality consists in accepting or resisting those identities that are thrust upon one, choosing others and then modifying them to suit one’s particular life style. On view of autonomy few individuals actually are autonomous, as few are sufficiently rational and deliberate. Appiah rejects this autonomy since it requires a level of critical self-thinking. One can become autonomous without becoming a moral philosopher. Each of these two groups chooses one of two distinct perspectives in society. That is subject-centered perspective and social centered perspective and they serve different interests. The social structure can be even more useful in identifying issues which are essential for sustaining individuality and at the same time providing a more realistic social
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