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We explain identity in terms of three identity concepts: personal identity, social identity, and individual identity. We then argue that democracy in combining the individual reasoning of all citizens responds to individuals’ different personal identity concerns and needs, reflects their shared social identity interests and goals, and accords them rights and responsibilities associated with their many different individual identities. We argue that this framework makes it possible to address the issue of what ought to be included in a list of ‘essential’ capabilities in terms of different ways specific democratic contexts address the various identities of individuals.