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Single Idea 10349

[catalogued under 16. Persons / E. Rejecting the Self / 2. Self as Social Construct]

Full Idea

One cannot even have the social status of 'being an individual' unless it has been conferred on one by a communal performative belief.

Gist of Idea

To be considered 'an individual' is performed by a society


Martin Kusch (Knowledge by Agreement [2002], Ch.11)

Book Reference

Kusch,Martin: 'Knowledge by Agreement' [OUP 2004], p.152

A Reaction

This sounds crazy until you think of the mentality of a tenth generation slave in a fully slave-owning society.