“Who do you say that I am?” Truth in Narrative Identity


  • Inês Pereira Rodrigues Universidade da Beira Interior (Praxis)/Centro de Filosofia e Género




Identity, Truth, Ethics, Butler, Vulnerability


The following article explores what notion of truth is possible in Ricœur’s narrative identity. It is motivated by the question of how our identity can be constituted in narratives of self when we are often easily self-deceiving and do not choose the building blocks of our narratives. It explores how our identities are constituted in narrative, with others, in order to see what dimensions of truth this allows. Narrative identity implicates a novel notion of truth that is intrinsically ethical, which gives rise to a set of ethical issues. In particular, a truth of self that occurs in relation to others is open to violence and abuse—our very identity is, to varying degrees, in others’ hands. Butler’s ethics of fragility may offer a positive solution.

Author Biography

Inês Pereira Rodrigues, Universidade da Beira Interior (Praxis)/Centro de Filosofia e Género

Post-doctoral researcher at Praxis (UBI)


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