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The ethics of authenticity, Charles Taylor

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The ethics of authenticity
Title
The ethics of authenticity
Statement of responsibility
Charles Taylor
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Everywhere we hear talk of decline, of a world that was better once, maybe fifty years ago, maybe centuries ago, but certainly before modernity drew us along its dubious path. While some lament the slide of Western culture into relativism and nihilism and others celebrate the trend as a liberating sort of progress, Charles Taylor calls on us to face the moral and political crises of our time, and to make the most of modernity’s challenges. At the heart of the modern malaise, according to most accounts, is the notion of authenticity, of self-fulfillment, which seems to render ineffective the whole tradition of common values and social commitment. Though Taylor recognizes the dangers associated with modernity’s drive toward self realization, he is not as quick as others to dismiss it. He calls for a freeze on cultural pessimism. In a discussion of ideas and ideologies from Friedrich Nietzsche to Gail Sheehy, from Allan Bloom to Michel Foucault, Taylor sorts out the good from the harmful in the modern cultivation of an authentic self. He sets forth the entire network of thought and morals that link our quest for self-creation with our impulse toward self-fashioning, and shows how such efforts must be conducted against an existing set of rules, or a gridwork of moral measurement. Seen against this network, our modern preoccupations with expression, rights, and the subjectivity of human thought reveal themselves as assets, not liabilities. By looking past simplistic, one-sided judgments of modern culture, by distinguishing the good and valuable from the socially and politically perilous, Taylor articulates the promise of our age. His bracing and provocative book gives voice to the challenge of modernity, and calls on all of us to answer it. --
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1931-
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Taylor, Charles
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Self-realization
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Social values
Target audience
specialized
Label
The ethics of authenticity, Charles Taylor
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Publication
Note
Originally published: as The malaise of modernity. Concord, Ontario: Anansi, 1991
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Three Malaises. II. The Inarticulate Debate. III. The Sources of Authenticity. IV. Inescapable Horizons. V. The Need for Recognition. VI. The Slide to Subjectivism. VII. La Lotta Continua. VIII. Subtler Languages. IX. An Iron Cage? X. Against Fragmentation
Control code
ocn897356708
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
142 pages
Isbn
9780674268630
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)25549786
Label
The ethics of authenticity, Charles Taylor
Publication
Note
Originally published: as The malaise of modernity. Concord, Ontario: Anansi, 1991
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Three Malaises. II. The Inarticulate Debate. III. The Sources of Authenticity. IV. Inescapable Horizons. V. The Need for Recognition. VI. The Slide to Subjectivism. VII. La Lotta Continua. VIII. Subtler Languages. IX. An Iron Cage? X. Against Fragmentation
Control code
ocn897356708
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
142 pages
Isbn
9780674268630
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)25549786

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