A series on Human Becoming

Nicolas Berggruen

In September, 2015, the Berggruen Institute organized a workshop to discuss the relationship between Self and the Meaning of Life. It’s was a rare opportunity for intellectuals to interact and share different worldviews. One idea that emerged from the workshop discussion is that it’s best to think of the self as “becoming” rather than “being”. To this end, many workshop participants have written short essays to explain what “human becoming” means from her/his perspective and derives one practical or policy implication. Each essay in this series draws from the perspective of a cultural tradition but in accessible language for those unfamiliar with the tradition.  

Asma Afsaruddin

Human Becoming from an Islamic Perspective

David Wong

Becoming a Different Person

Jay Ogilvy

Human Becoming and the Idea of Progress

Jin Li

Becoming a Confucian

Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini

Peter Hershock

Human Beings or Human Becomings: Why Asking Who is Poor Really Matters

Rebecca Goldstein

Rebecca Goldstein

Roger Ames

From the Ideology of Individualism to Confucian Role Ethics in a Changing World Cultural Order

Thomas Kasulis

Becoming Human: A Shinto View