Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment

Faber and Faber
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Type: Thought
Nothing inappropriate.
Requires prior general knowledge of the subject.
Readers with knowledgeable about the subject matter.
Contains doctrinal errors of some importance.
Whilst not being explicitly against the faith, the general approach or its main points are ambiguous or opposed to the Church’s teachings.
Incompatible with Catholic doctrine.
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The book confronts a political issue of great interest: the emergence of political demands around identities of different types (race, ethnicity, gender, etc.). The essay combines philosophical and social analysis and helps to put some limits to the demand for recognition. The author unequivocally recognises the Christian foundation of the modern idea of dignity. Nevertheless, and although in passing, the author does not appear to put any objection to homosexual marriage and shows opposition to schools with religious identity (at least, towards their state subsidies) as he considers them a block to cultural integration. Otherwise, the book is well balanced ideologically and is solid in its argument. The work may appeal to those interested in politics and in the debate regarding minorities, identities and immigration.

Author: Francisco Santamaría, Spain, 2020