The Malaise of Modernity

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House of Anansi, Nov 1, 1991 - Philosophy - 128 pages
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In Malaise of Modernity, Charles Taylor focuses on the key modern concept of self-fulfillment, often attacked as the central support of what Christopher Lasch has called the culture of narcissism. To Taylor, self-fulfillment, although often expressed in self-centered ways, isn't necessarily a rejection of traditional values and social commitment; it also reflects something authentic and valuable in modern culture. Only by distinguishing what is good in this modern striving from what is socially and politically dangerous, Taylor says, can our age be made to deliver its promise.

 

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Contents

Three Malaises
1
The Inarticulate Debate
23
The Sources of Authenticity
25
Inescapable Horizons
31
The Need for Recognition
43
The Slide to Subjectivism
55
La Lotta Continua
71
Subtler Languages
81
An Iron Cage?
93
Against Fragmentation 209
109
Notes
123
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Charles Taylor is emeritus professor of philosophy at McGill University. He is also the author of the acclaimed books Sources of the Self and A Secular Age and the winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize.

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