Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity
In this extensive inquiry into the sources of modern selfhood, Charles Taylor demonstrates just how rich and precious those resources are. The modern turn to subjectivity, with its attendant rejection of an objective order of reason, has led—it seems to many—to mere subjectivism at the mildest and to sheer nihilism at the worst. Many critics believe that the modern order has no moral backbone and has proved corrosive to all that might foster human good. Taylor rejects this view. He argues that, properly understood, our modern notion of the self provides a framework that more than compensates for the abandonment of substantive notions of rationality.
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... higher or lower , which are not rendered valid by our own desires , inclinations , or choices , but rather stand independent of these and offer standards by which they can be judged . So while it may not be judged a moral lapse that I ...
... higher civilizations , this always includes the whole human species . What is peculiar to the modern West among such higher civilizations is that its favoured formulation for this principle of respect has come to be in terms of rights ...
... higher civilizations . Certainly we are much more sensitive on this score than our ancestors of a few centuries ago — as we can readily see if we consider the ( to us ) barbarous punishments they inflicted . Once again , the legal code ...
... God - fearing was lived out in marriage and their calling . The previous ' higher ' forms of life were dethroned , as it were . And along with this went frequently an attack , covert or overt , on Inescapable Frameworks · • 13.
... higher than the others which are more readily available to us . I am using ' higher ' here in a generic sense . The sense of what the difference consists in may take different forms . One form of Inescapable Frameworks · 19.
The Culture of Modernity
Nature as Source
The Expressivist Turn
Our Victorian Contemporaries
Visions of the PostRomantic
Epiphanies of Modernism
The Conflicts of Modernity
Descartess Disengaged Reason
Lockes Punctual Self
Exploring lHumaine Condition
A Digression on Historical Explanation
God Loveth Adverbs
The Providential Order