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Rostova, N. N. Philosophical and Anthropological Prerequisites of Identity Theory

Published in journal "Philosophy and Culture", 2013-3 , pages 356-365.

Resume: The author of the article analyzes Erik Eriksons theory of identity and reveals philosophical and anthropological prerequisites of this theory. Based on the author, this theory is based on the concept of chaotic and fragmentary human nature. Human starts with the fear for his own existence because there is nothing else in the world which would create a ready for and basis for him. In order to survive, human has to have certain benchmarks in the world and act and live together in order to create such basis. Erikson thought identity to be such basis.

Keywords: philosophy, identity, Erikson, anthropology, consciousness, ego, the Other, religion, self-identity, totality.

DOI: 10.7256/1999-2793.2013.03.9

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