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Other title
Subject/Keyword
Religion
Charles Taylor
Psychology
Identity
Secular
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Bakker, Colin
Supervisor and department
Baerveldt, Cor (Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Nicoladis, Elena (Psychology)
Braun, Willi (History and Classics)
Mos, Leo (Psychology)
Department
Department of Psychology
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-01-31T01:00:44Z
Graduation date
2011-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Charles Taylor writes that identity emerges from the reflection upon, and articulation of one’s lived experience. This account of identity precludes psychology from taking a natural science approach to the study of ‘identity’, or ‘the self’. Psychology has emerged within secular society, and the relation between psychology and religion is examined here. This examination clarifies the role of psychology as an authority on identity. This thesis proposes that the role of psychology is to promote articulacy about the ideal of authenticity. In this way, psychology can address problems arising from individualism in modernity, and can serve as an authority on identity, complementing the other possible authorities on identity present in secular society, including religion.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3B067
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License granted by Colin Bakker (csbakker@ualberta.ca) on 2011-01-30T17:33:04Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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