David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Concerned with the state of the self in modernity, Charles Taylor engages in an act of cultural retrieval in order to allow for a meaningful struggle against the pernicious developments of the modern age. To avoid a loss of meaning, rampant instrumentality, and ultimately a loss of freedom, Taylor suggests that we must arrive at a new understanding of the self. To this end Taylor positions himself between contemporary liberals and communitarians, arriving at what he deems holistic individualism or an "ethic of authenticity". He holds that, in order for this notion of authenticity to be realized, we must be in contact with the constitutive goods which underpin western society. After prolonged consideration Taylor arrives at the conclusion that the only publicly available constitutive good in the modern age is religion. Although he is at times hesitant to admit it, Taylor contends that religion is an invaluable source for the self and the only good able to meet the challenges of modernity
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Chris Klassen (2011). Nature Religion and the Ethics of Authenticity. Environmental Ethics 33 (3):295-305.
Allison Weir (2009). Who Are We?: Modern Identities Between Taylor and Foucault. Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 (5):533-553.
Charles Taylor (1992). The Ethics of Authenticity. Harvard University Press.
James B. Sauer (1997). Language, Meaning, and Ethics. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 4 (1/2):48-55.
Charles Taylor, James Tully & Daniel M. Weinstock (eds.) (1994). Philosophy in an Age of Pluralism: The Philosophy of Charles Taylor in Question. Cambridge University Press.
John Rundell (2010). Charles Taylor and the Secularization Thesis. Critical Horizons 11 (1):119-132.
Charles Blattberg (2006). Modern Social Imaginaries Charles Taylor Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004, 215 Pp., $18.95 Paper. [REVIEW] Dialogue 45 (01):183-.
Joel Anderson (1995). Review Essay : The Persistence of Authenticity: Alessandro Ferrara, Modernity and Authenticity: A Study of the Social and Ethical Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Albany, Ny: Suny Press, 1993) Charles Taylor, the Ethics of Authenticity (Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press, 1992) [Originally Published as the Malaise of Modernity (Concord, Ontario: House of Anansi Press, 1991)]. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Social Criticism 21 (1):101-109.
Sebastian Gurciullo (2001). Making Modern Identity: Charles Taylor's Retrieval of Moral Sources. Critical Horizons 2 (1):93-125.
David McPherson & Charles Taylor (2012). Re-Enchanting the World: An Interview with Charles Taylor. Philosophy and Theology 24 (2):275-294.
Added to index2011-01-07
Total downloads23 ( #126,522 of 1,725,575 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #349,436 of 1,725,575 )
How can I increase my downloads?