Episode 209: Guest Francis Fukuyama on Identity Politics (Part One)

from  The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast

Feb 11, 2019

Talking to the author about Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (2018). What motivates people? Frank points to thymos, the demand for recognition, as at the root of both the "end of history" (i.e., democracy as demand for equal recognition) and our current tribalist stalemates, involving desires to be seen—in virtue of group membership—as superior. Thymos may in fact be central to self-consciousness, ethics, and the origins of political association. See PEL Live in NY...more

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