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The Epistemology and Normativity of Identifying and Identification PDF Print
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The Epistemology and Normativity of Identifying and Identification
By: Steven Davis

ABOUT: We are asked to identify ourselves and are identified in banks, schools, businesses, stores, government offices, hospitals, etc. It would be difficult for modern post industrial societies to function without these actions. What is involved in being identified and identifying ourselves? My main goal is to get clear about the nature of identifying in ordinary situations. To this end, I shall begin by distinguishing two different sorts of identifying: non-reflexive and reflexive, and within these categories identifyings that are speech acts and those that are not. I shall then turn to an example and discuss it in some detail concentrating on its epistemic elements. Finally, I shall discuss the normative aspects of identifying.

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