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By Peter Brooks

"We recognize that it issues crucially so as to say who we're, why we're the following, and the place we're going," Peter Brooks writes in Enigmas of Identity. many people also are uncomfortably acutely aware that we won't supply a resounding account of our id to others or maybe ourselves. regardless of or due to that failure, we continue trying to find identification, making it up, attempting to authenticate it, and inventing excuses for our unpersuasive tales approximately it. This wide-ranging publication attracts on literature, legislations, and psychoanalysis to envision vital facets of the emergence of id as a in particular smooth preoccupation.

specifically, the booklet addresses the social, criminal, and private anxieties provoked by means of the increase of individualism and selfhood in glossy tradition. Paying certain consciousness to Rousseau, Freud, and Proust, Brooks additionally seems to be on the intersection of person existence tales with the legislations, and considers the production of an introspective undertaking that culminates in psychoanalysis.

stylish and provocative, Enigmas of Identity bargains new insights into the questions and clues approximately who we expect we are.

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