What we are confronted with is, in other words, the patchwork nature (nonidentity
would perhaps be a more appropriate word) of most social science disciplines and the total artificiality of their construction.
We need a concept that resolves the nonidentity
problem, making it possible to endow the new life with importance.
One common way of justifying these choices focuses on nonidentity
: since failing to select for disability would have produced a different child, it becomes unclear how we can say (what many people find intuitively to be the case) that selection for disability wronged or harmed the child conceived.
Essentialism and the Nonidentity
Problem, SHAMIK DASGUPTA
The instability of the amplitude-frequency response caused by the nonidentity
of the values of the R, C-elements of the high-voltage arm of the voltage divider (VD).
He examines three situations: (1) same-individual choices wherein the parent has a child with disabilities or has the same child without disability, (2) different-number choices in which a child will be born with a disadvantage, or not born at all, and (3) same-number choices which leads to the nonidentity
problem where parents could have a child with disability, or they could choose to abort or delay conception and have a different child (p.
(2) Though he champions "nonidentity
", Adorno insists, in the same time, to squeeze in an antiquated concept that bears all the nasty meanings of a "metanarrative" (Lyotard).
In Macon County, Alabama, female descendants of these male subjects are piercing the code of silence and giving voice to their historic narrative of nonidentity
, shame and suffering.
In paragraph three of Negative Dialectics ('Reality and Dialectics'), Adorno begins to differentiate the implacable motor of his dialectic from Hegelian dialectic by essentially shifting the logic of the identity thesis: 'the identity of identity and nonidentity
' (52) is effectively transformed into 'the nonidentity
of identity and nonidentity
.' Thus, 'to change this direction of conceptuality, to give it a turn toward nonidentity
' will be 'the hinge of negative dialectics.' (53) Only by tarrying with the revealed antagonisms immanent to concept and thing (the truth of their nonidentity
) can the interstice between them and the necessity of the reversal be sustained.
Art can come close to the real structure of "identity," which also entails a kind of nonidentity
with the self.
In "Ethics and Authenticity," Macdonald introduces Adorno's criticism: "Heidegger gets 'as far as the borderline of dialectical insight into the nonidentity
within identity'" (6).
Specialized terminology--totality, nonidentity
, constellation, immanent critique, and so on--is carefully treated.