Saturday, February 05, 2005, 1:08 AM

Identity Axioms

Noted. I'm a bit behind on my reading, but I just went through Scott Lemon's Axioms of Identity -- basic truths about the character of identity. Here they are reproduced for convenience:
The First Axiom of Identity:
We humans do not have any inherent identity.

The Second Axiom of Identity:
Identity does not exist outside the context of a community.

The Third Axiom of Identity:
Identity is exchanged in transactions that occur within a context of trust and authentication.

The Fourth Axiom of Identity:
For an effective community to exist there must be verified agreement, which requires a minimum of three community members.
One comment from me (so far): the second axiom is more a corollary of the first axiom, than a stand-alone axiom. But that's nitpicking.

Resources:
  • Scott Lemon's Axioms of Identity (http://www.freeid.org/axioms/)
  • The First Axiom of Identity (http://www.freeid.org/axioms/firstaxiom.html)
  • The Second Axiom of Identity (http://www.freeid.org/axioms/secondaxiom.html)
  • The Third Axiom of Identity (http://www.freeid.org/axioms/thirdaxiom.html)
  • The Fourth Axiom of Identity (http://www.freeid.org/2005/02/03.html)
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