Dramatizing the subject's identity Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2019

start page

  • 1227

end page

  • 1245


  • 4


  • 47

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0048-3893

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1574-9274


  • One of major branches of philosophical research is the self, which, in particular, tries to find out how a subject creates her identity. In this work, I will just focus on two kinds of identity approaches: the narrative self-concept and the dramatic self-concept. I will argue that, although the Narrative identity approach especially helpful for the subject being able to give continuity to her actions, the Dramatic identity is which achieves to give meaning to the subject's actions as soon as they are happened, and also to herself. Hence, although both approaches might be useful for the self-concept of a subject because maintain a bidirectional relationship, it is the Dramatic identity theory which manages to resolve certain problems facing Narrative identity theory. To explain this, I will claim that agent is dramatized herself by acting in different situations. Following Erving Goffman and J. David Velleman, what it is posed in this essay is that the subject develops a Dramatic identity, in a similar way to the performer who represents her character, when she enacts herself in concrete contexts. That is, the agent dramatizes herself in a situation in a manner similar as an actor represents a character on stage. Consequently, my main goal is to answer to how an agent makes her identity by acting (and trying to give meaning to her behavior) in social contexts


  • narrative identity; dramatic identity; embodiment; action; intelligibility