A different perspective on ‘self’.
Fukuyama’s book is actually about the modern phenomenon of identity politics. But at its core lies a revealing analysis of thymos. This is the Ancient Greek concept of dignity. His political analysis concludes that society needs to realise that the modern world has brought this concept to the fore in everyone. Everyone wants their own thymos, their own identity, to be recognised and respected. Hence, identity politics. But the same analysis might suggest an alternative perspective on self. This is a crucial question in most theories of consciousness. Maybe thymos is another primary emotion. And maybe our feeling of that emotion is a core constituent of the consciousness of self.
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