Identitetens kompleksitet

Emma Bech, Anna Thomsen, Johan Søltoft & Simone Lykke

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The purpose of this project is to try to define personal identity and how it is constituted. To resolve the complexity of this fundamentally philosophical question selected philosophers are inevitably taken into account. Furthermore, the sociological aspect represents another important part of the overall understanding in which significant theorists are included. In combining these two scientific fields the relation between society and individuals is sought explained. These relevant aspects cannot stand alone, and therefore a historical overview is elaborated in connection to the chosen philosophers, in order to understand the historical progress on the question of identity. These aspects are the main focus of which the present project revolves, and the different theories are used in the hope of clarifying all aspects sufficiently. The fundamental basis of the analysis is Marya Schechtman’s book Staying Alive (2014), from which the discussion takes its point of departure. The theory Schechtman puts forth is considered containing some inadequacies - this project will attempt to accommodate these shortages. The project leads to a conclusion based upon the most adequate elements of the respective theories in the ambitious attempt to formulate a new theory that brings forward a new understanding of personal identity. This new understanding is based on the idea that identity is constituted by experiences and how they are consciously reflected upon.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2015
VejledereErik Bendtsen


  • Marya Schechtman
  • Sociology
  • Erfaringsbaseret helhed
  • Substance
  • Identity
  • Philosophy