French philosopher Paul Ricoeur demonstrates how science-fiction allows us to deconstruct our humanity in ways otherwise inconceivable in the real world. Take identity, for example. Ricoeur devises a teleportation device that could transport an individual from one planet to another, piece by piece. He asks the reader then to figure out at what point the individual’s identity is reconstructed on the other planet. Is it once the entire process is complete? When the brain and its memories are transposed? Or perhaps when the ‘soul’ finds its new destination? Identity remains an elusive subject. It can mean many things according to personal convictions and, significantly, cultural baggage. Unless identity is concretely defined within a set of parameters, its discussion will inevitably involve widely diverging formulations.
Tag: Cultural Identity
We’re very proud to be part of Difficult Dialogues this February! Difficult Dialogues is an annual forum examining issues of contemporary relevance in South Asia. It fosters crucial interaction between a diverse array of stakeholders from academia, law, public policy, politics, business, international relations, the media, young leadership and civic society. In this 2017 edition, Difficult Dialogues has partnered with University College London (UCL) to explore the challenges India faces in creating conditions for good health and access to healthcare for all citizens. Dr Jadhav and Dr Jain will be speaking on inequalities and healthcare and you can read more about their interventions and the event by clicking below.