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Identités contemporaines, traditions, communautés, sociétés

Abstract : Individualism, and the subjectivism which characterizes our contemporary culture, modify our relation with institutions and traditions, which are no longer perceived as systems of ascendancy to which we belong but as sources of meaning we draw upon to construct our identity. Propositions of meaning are assessed by individuals according to their own experience and criteria of utility. If we may speak of the fragility of contemporary identities, it is not because of their indetermination, but because of their construction and permanent revision according to the mobility imposed on individuals. And if those identities are constructed within an experiential relation to traditions and institutions, if it is always up to the individual to assess the effects and the consequences of the ethical and religious propositions he encounters, this does not necessarily engender solipsism but, on the contrary, engages a confirmation of belief by the other, a confirmation of an affinitary and mutual nature. Communities of believers then occupy their just place in that individual quest for identity but they appear more like elective, plural and transitory societies than like stable, univocal communities of belonging.
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Jean-Marie Donegani. Identités contemporaines, traditions, communautés, sociétés. Revue d'éthique et de théologie morale, Editions du Cerf, 2008, pp.51 - 64. ⟨hal-03415789⟩

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