Sincerity, authenticity and profilicity: Notes on the problem, a vocabulary and a history of identity
Moeller,Hans Georg1; D’Ambrosio,Paul J.2
Source PublicationPhilosophy and Social Criticism
AbstractThis essay attempts to provide a preliminary outline of a theory of identity. The first section addresses what the sociologist Niklas Luhmann has called ‘the problem of identity’, or, in other words, the mind–society (rather than the mind–body) problem: In how far can the internal (psychological) self and the external (social) persona be integrated into a unit? The second section of the essay briefly defines a basic vocabulary of a theory of identity. ‘Identity’ is understood as the existentially necessary formation of a coherence between the ‘self’ (the ‘I’ as it is experienced in thoughts and feelings), its body and its social ‘persona’ (the individual person with its social attributes). Three different major paradigms of identity formation are distinguished from one another: a sincere identity is constructed through a firm commitment of the self to its social roles; an authentic identity is constructed through the creation of a social persona on the basis of one’s unique and original self; a ‘profilic’ identity, as we call it, is shaped by successfully presenting a personal profile under conditions of second-order observation as they prevail, for instance, in the social media, but also in other contemporary social systems. In the third section of the essay, we present a sketch of the historical sequence of these three paradigms of identity. Although these paradigms are not mutually exclusive and can coexist, it seems that sincerity flourished in pre-modern society, while authenticity came to prominence along with the functional differentiation of modern society and is now, along with the increased significance of second-order observation, gradually overshadowed by the influence of profilicity.
Keywordauthenticity Hartmut Rosa identity individualism Niklas Luhmann profile-based identity profilicity sincerity
URLView the original
Fulltext Access
Citation statistics
Cited Times [WOS]:0   [WOS Record]     [Related Records in WOS]
Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
Corresponding AuthorD’Ambrosio,Paul J.
Affiliation1.University of Macau,China
2.East China Normal University,China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Recommended Citation
GB/T 7714
Moeller,Hans Georg,D’Ambrosio,Paul J.. Sincerity, authenticity and profilicity: Notes on the problem, a vocabulary and a history of identity[J]. Philosophy and Social Criticism,2019,45(5):575-596.
APA Moeller,Hans Georg,&D’Ambrosio,Paul J..(2019).Sincerity, authenticity and profilicity: Notes on the problem, a vocabulary and a history of identity.Philosophy and Social Criticism,45(5),575-596.
MLA Moeller,Hans Georg,et al."Sincerity, authenticity and profilicity: Notes on the problem, a vocabulary and a history of identity".Philosophy and Social Criticism 45.5(2019):575-596.
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.
Related Services
Recommend this item
Usage statistics
Export to Endnote
Google Scholar
Similar articles in Google Scholar
[Moeller,Hans Georg]'s Articles
[D’Ambrosio,Paul J.]'s Articles
Baidu academic
Similar articles in Baidu academic
[Moeller,Hans Georg]'s Articles
[D’Ambrosio,Paul J.]'s Articles
Bing Scholar
Similar articles in Bing Scholar
[Moeller,Hans Georg]'s Articles
[D’Ambrosio,Paul J.]'s Articles
Terms of Use
No data!
Social Bookmark/Share
All comments (0)
No comment.

Items in the repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.