Civil Identity: [A problem field in the philosophy of law and/ or technology?]

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    In this paper I will go through a catalogue of examples of contexts in which the term civil identity is currently used, ranging from the formal and technical process of linking a set of administrative and other events to an individual biological person by means of identity cards, fingerprints, iris scanning, etc., to discussions of Shari'a law versus common civil law in India; from the study of religious cult in ancient city states to the processes of constitutional reconstruction in former Communist countries; and from attempts at conflict resolution and prevention between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel to Luce Irigaray's Feminist agenda of elaborating gender specific civil identities. My intention is to investigate whether these different employments of 'civil identity' point towards a common, and fairly well defined object field asking questions of contemporary relevance to the philosophy of technology and of law. If such a field can be established, the answers to those questions might be relevant to such contemporary issues as inter-ethnic, religious, and -cultural conflict or reconciliation, migration and nationality, civil rights and surveillance, security and privacy, bureaucracy and inter-subjectivity, technology and life-world.
    Translated title of the contributionCivil identitet: [Et rets- og teknologifilosofisk problemfelt?]
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2007
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventDansk Filosofisk Selskabs Årsmøde RUC 2007; Teknologifilosofi - Roskilde, Denmark
    Duration: 2 Mar 20073 Mar 2007


    ConferenceDansk Filosofisk Selskabs Årsmøde RUC 2007; Teknologifilosofi


    • civil identity
    • civil society
    • citizenship
    • conflict resolution
    • philosophy of technology
    • philosophy of law
    • political philosophy
    • cultural studies
    • history of ideas

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