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Ethics of Authenticity

Ethics of Authenticity - 91 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674268630

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ISBN13: 978-0674268630
ISBN10: 0674268636
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 91
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 1991
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Ethics of Authenticity - 91 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674268630

Charles Taylor

ISBN13: 978-0674268630
ISBN10: 0674268636
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 91
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Published: 1991
International: No
Summary

"The great merit of Taylor's brief, non-technical, powerful book...is the vigour with which he restates the point which Hegel (and later Dewey) urged against Rousseau and Kant: that we are only individuals in so far as we are social...Being authentic, being faithful to ourselves, is being faithful to something which was produced in collaboration with a lot of other people...The core of Taylor's argument is a vigorous and entirely successful criticism of two intertwined bad ideas: that you are wonderful just because you are you, and that `respect for difference' requires you to respect every human being, and every human culture--no matter how vicious or stupid."

--Richard Rorty, London Review of Books

"Charles Taylor is a philosopher of broad reach and many talents, but his most striking talent is a gift for interpreting different traditions, cultures and philosophies to one another...[This book is] full of good things."

--Alan Ryan, New York Times Book Review

"Taylor's crystalline insights rescue us from the plague on both houses in the debate over modernity and its discontents."

--Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune

"Reading Taylor's unexpected but always perceptive judgments on modernity, one becomes forcefully aware of the critical potential of that old philosophical injunction `know thyself'. This little book points to the importance of public reflection and debate about who we are. It also forcefully draws attention to their absence from our public culture."

--Ben Rogers, Manchester Guardian

"These lectures provide not only an inviting summary of [Taylor's] recent thought but also, in many ways, a more revealing statement of his underlying convictions. Taylor's own voice comes through clearly in this book--the voice of a philosophically reflective and hermeneutically rooted cultural critic."

--Joel Anderson, Philosophy and Social Criticism

"Charles Taylor's Ethics of Authenticity is a concise, clear discussion reexamining these and closely related 'malaises' of modernity while focusing on meaning, its importance in our lives, and why our attempts to find our identities matter--whether these identities be personal, social, political, aesthetic, or scientific. He affirms the moral ground underlying modern individualism, but challenges us to go beyond relativism to pluralism."

--Paul Roebuck, Ethics, Place and Environment

Author Bio

Taylor, Charles : McGill University

Charles Taylor is Professor of Philosophy at McGill University.

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