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Identity
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The question of how the self and the world maintain their identity in the midst of apparent change and flux has been a perennial issue debated throughout the history of Western philosophy. Since the time of Parmenides (ca. 540-after 480 b.c.), the idea of being as an infinite and changeless substance undergirding and guaranteeing the permanence of both the world and the self has been a major answer to the problem of how a sense of identity is sustained in the midst of change and flux. The Parmenidian answer influenced the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle (Greek Philosophy) and…

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Browning, Don S., “Identity”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 17 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_I37>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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